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Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae

Alan H. Sommerstein

Abstract

Ecclesiazusae, probably produced in 391 BC, is at once a typically Aristophanic fantasy of gender inversion, obscenity and farce, the earliest surviving work in the western Utopian tradition, and the source of a blueprint for a communist society on which Plato may well have drawn in his Republic. This edition attempts to set the play, more closely than has usually been done, against the political background at the time of its production, when Athens has just spurned what proved to be the last opportunity to escape from a war it did not have the resources to fight, and to define the details of ... More

Keywords: Ecclesiazusae, western Utopian tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780856687075
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856687075.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan H. Sommerstein, editor
University of Nottingham

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Introduction

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Note on the Text

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Sigla

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Ecclesiazusae

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Commentary

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