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By Aristophanes

This new verse translation of Aristophanes' comedies deals one of many world's nice comedian dramatists in a sort that's either traditionally trustworthy and theatrically lively. Aristophanes' performs have been produced for the pageant theater of classical Athens within the 5th century BC and surround the total gamut of humor, from brilliantly creative fable to obscene vulgarity. This variation contains a mammoth normal creation and introductory essays for every of the performs, in addition to complete explanatory notes and an index of names.

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Serves as a sort of ‘false’ parodos (whether or not the frogs are actually visible), to be followed in due course by the arrival of the main chorus at  ff. , the parodos brings a humorous defeat of expectations;  ff. subsequently functions as a kind of deferred or postponed parodos of the chorus qua wasps. 30 In fact, there is legitimate disagreement about precisely how to delimit the parodos of a comedy; but this technicality does not affect my general observations. 31 See my Introduction to Knights on the different levels of significance in the play’s allegory.

I referred at the start of this section to three main categories of difficulty facing any translator of Aristophanes. The problem of mixed and unexpectedly shifting stylistic registers—above all, the typical Aristophanic juxtapositioning of ‘high’ and ‘low’—is ubiquitous. In coming to terms with it I have made use, where appropriate, of ‘stage directions’ (see the next section), as well as quotation marks, designed to guide the aural imagination. In the case of puns and wordplay, one is at the mercy of luck and of the latent verbal potential of English.

More complex is the case of Frogs, where  ff. serves as a sort of ‘false’ parodos (whether or not the frogs are actually visible), to be followed in due course by the arrival of the main chorus at  ff. , the parodos brings a humorous defeat of expectations;  ff. subsequently functions as a kind of deferred or postponed parodos of the chorus qua wasps. 30 In fact, there is legitimate disagreement about precisely how to delimit the parodos of a comedy; but this technicality does not affect my general observations.

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