Peace

Peace

Aristophanes S. Douglas Olson / Feb 26, 2020
Peace Aristophanes Peace was performed at the City Dionysia in Athens in B C as a decade long war with Sparta seemed finally to be drawing to an end and is one of only eleven extant plays by the greate
  • Title: Peace
  • Author: Aristophanes S. Douglas Olson
  • ISBN: 9780198140818
  • Page: 121
  • Format: hardback
  • Aristophanes Peace was performed at the City Dionysia in Athens in 421 B.C as a decade long war with Sparta seemed finally to be drawing to an end, and is one of only eleven extant plays by the greatest Old Comic poet Olson s edition of the play, which replaces Platnauer s of 1969, is based on a complete new collation of the manuscripts, many of which have never been adAristophanes Peace was performed at the City Dionysia in Athens in 421 B.C as a decade long war with Sparta seemed finally to be drawing to an end, and is one of only eleven extant plays by the greatest Old Comic poet Olson s edition of the play, which replaces Platnauer s of 1969, is based on a complete new collation of the manuscripts, many of which have never been adequately reported before The extensive commentary explores matters of all sorts, but it focuses in particular on the realities of daily life in classical Athens and also examines the practical problems of staging The substantial introduction includes essays on Aristophanes early career, the politics of the Greek world in the late 420s, and the poet s theology.
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      • Aristophanes S. Douglas Olson

        Aristophanes Greek c 446 BCE c 386 BCE was a playwright of ancient Athens About 11 of his works are known in full, and they are the only plays of the Old Comedy style to have survived They are The Acharnians, The Birds, The Clouds, The Ecclesiazusae, The Frogs, The Knights, Peace, Plutus Wealth , The Thesmophoriazusae, and The Wasps These plays have been translated into many languages and continue to be staged or adapted for theatrical productions.Aristophanes satirized the political and social issues of 5th century BC Athens, such as the ongoing Peloponnesian War, the structure of the city state, the role of women in public life, the influence of philosophers notably Socrates in shaping public opinion.

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    1. Aristophanes staged this Old Comedy in Athens in 421 BCE when the Peloponnesian War was still dragging on and the Athenian citizens were exhausted and war weary Their leader Creon, the butt of much of Aristophanes satire in his previous works, had just died The play anticipated and celebrated the peace which seemed to be just over the horizon, but it also emphasized the societal splits and ambivalences on the parts of the state who had vested interests in keeping the conflict going.Trygaeus, an [...]


    2. Trygaeus, a middle aged Athenian, miraculously brings about a peaceful end to the Peloponnesian War,thereby earning the gratitude of farmersHe celebrates his triumph by marrying Harvest, a companion of Festival and Peace


    3. This was hilarious I didn t expect breaking the fourth wall to be such an old humor technique Aristophanes used it quite well I was also impressed with the opening He managed to create interest in the story and questions in the mind of the reader by focusing on peripheral concerns rather than the main steps of the plot and even the main statements Aristophanes was making Peace just became one of my new favorite plays and I haven t even seen it performed.


    4. So weird So crude Full of scatological humor, and Aristophanes ripping on Euripides, making fun of the gods, raising up wine and sex and other such fun as antidotes or alternatives to war I can respect the pacifist angle, and there were some funny lines, but this one mostly just seemed silly.So concludes December of Drama, week 1 the Greeks Watch this space.


    5. The Peace is about a man called Trygaeus who ends a war by talking to the gods, who bring out Peace upon ending the war, the gods reward him by letting him marry Harvest, who will bring prosperity to farmers such as himself The plot is really just that simple Now, a lot of other elements make this play really good instead of just a typical play Firstly, a lot of Aristophanes bitterness towards politics always seem to shine through, no matter what the play is about This play is no exception I can [...]


    6. It s been a while since I ve read some Aristophanes, and god what a play to read after such a hiatus.Peace tell the story of a lowly master, Trygaeus, as he ascends to heaven on a massive beetle and gets Hermes to help him free Peace, to unknown consequences.Beyond the slightly decent commentary on peace versus war and the importance of both in a nation, the play s story just meanders everywhere without any drive for me to hang onto in order to stay invested That, and the characters are just bla [...]


    7. Translated, introduced and annotated by Alan H Somerstein I must allow for how dated the play is although I did enjoy the play s pacing and comedy, many of the jokes were, of course, topical and specific implicating certain playwrights, etc and thus incomprehensible without explanatory notes Still, the comedy s ribald, scatological nature was shocking and amusing while the theme, peace after the long years of the Peloponnesian War, is universal The satirical execration of warmongers, arms seller [...]


    8. It s incredible that as recently as 1960 the comedian Peter Cook could cause a stir by publicly ridiculing the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan as he sat in the audience of the Beyond the Fringe show when you consider what Aristophanes, fully two thousand years beforehand, used to do to the great and good of Athenian society in his astonishingly caustic and pointed plays.In Peace, as elsewhere, his main target is the autocratic Cleon, who he insults mercilessly throughout here, first obli [...]


    9. Not quite as good as other works from Aristophanes It seems he foolishly pushes the value of a peace built upon carousing and letchery over the often important causes that drive wars This is similar to the stupid pacifist arguments commonly encountered today Why fight when there is so much physical pleasure to be had This view is childish We all love pleasure, but sometimes innocent people need to be defended from the excessive, self centered pleasures of others.



    10. I m quite a fan of Aristophanes, but this one is just a big failure Begining seems promising, fly on the big beetle to meet gods but some promises aren t fulfilled, such as this one.Soon after nice begining, this play becomes just a mess created out of loosely connected scenes that lacks humour and are filled with wierd allusions and references so their often unreadable.


    11. De las mejores de Arist fanes El aspecto que la Paz est encerrada, que Polemos ocasione disputas, que Hermes participe hacen ya de la obra una maravilla El aspecto estructural del texto est bien ensamblado y las menciones pol ticas atinadas El h roe es c mico como tal y su prop sito se adhiere al beneficio colectivo.


    12. No me he enterado de nada.Las m ltiples referencias de Arist fanes a la situaci n pol tica de ese momento, las burlas hacia otros dramaturgos y los juegos de palabras que pierden un poco el significado tras los siglos y las diversas traducciones , creo que quedan bastante obsoletas en el presente siglo En mi opini n, la tragedia griega ha evolucionado bastante mejor que la comedia.



    13. Cool Full nudity in staging directions Sex Flying dung beetles I m still in awe of this and all the other Greek dramas.


    14. Thank goodness the free e book is annotated A lot of the comedy is lost in time and translation and due to my ignorance Note to self must learn about Ancient Greece.



    15. Cleverly written and very witty satire celebrating the long awaited peace that would end Peloponnesian War and criticizing the incompetent politicians Differentiating from other plays from that time by lessening the presence and influence of Gods and even mocking them.


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