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Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae$
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Alan H. Sommerstein

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687075

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687075.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae

Alan H. Sommerstein

Alan H. Sommerstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Ecclesiazusae or The Assemblywomen as one of the two surviving plays of Aristophanes that were produced during the Corinthian War in the early years of the fourth century BC. It emphasizes that Ecclesiazusae has no precise date or explicit evidence that survived to confirm its exact time of publication, speculating that it could be between years 393 to 389. It also describes the democratic regime at Athens that had been restored between 403 and 402 after the surrender of Athens in 404 and rule of the Thirty. The chapter mentions how Sparta dominated the affairs of Greece and the Aegean. It talks about the friendship between Sparta and Persia that had been crucial in the defeat of Athens but gave place to hostility.

Keywords:   Ecclesiazusae, The Assemblywomen, Aristophanes, Corinthian War, democratic regime, Athens, Sparta, Persia

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