By Aristophanes; S. Douglas Olson (ed.)
Aristophanes' Acharnians was once played on the Lenaia competition in Athens in 425 BCE. The play is the tale of an previous peasant farmer, Dikaiopolis, who has grown so disgusted with the Peloponnesian conflict and the patent self-serving of the city's top politicians (abetted by way of the stupidity of his fellow-citizens) that he concludes a separate peace with the enemy. hence, he profits entry to a tremendous provide of amazing issues, together with wine, eels, thrushes, and 2 appealing and compliant girls. even if he's a traitor and a villain, or just the cleverest and so much bold guy within the urban, is an issue of in depth debate in the play. Acharnians itself, at any expense, took first position and is mostly considered as one in every of Aristophanes' or 3 so much remarkable surviving comedies. Olson bargains the 1st whole new scholarly variation of the play in nearly a century. The textual content and equipment are in keeping with a clean exam of the papyri and manuscripts, lots of that have by no means been studied systematically, and are supported by means of a brand new manuscript stemma. The creation comprises sections at the poet himself; the historic environment and political argument of the play; the mythological and literary heritage; department of components, costumes, and props; staging; using dialects; and the background of the textual content. The statement covers a variety of literary, old, and philological concerns, with specific consciousness to staging and info of lifestyle. All Greek within the creation and observation now not mentioned for technical purposes is translated, making a lot of the variation obtainable to common scholarly readers.
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71. i) t and the invasion of 426 was called off when earthquakes apparently taken to signal divine displeasure occurred (Th. iii. 89. 1). The Spartans also instituted a policy of executing any Athenians or Athenian allies caught on board merchant ships attempting to round the Peloponnese (Th. ii. 67. 4); supported the revolt of Mytilene (Th. iii. 15. g. Th. ii. 66; iii. 100-2, 105-14); and even raided Salamis, having originally intended to strike Piraeus (Ach. ). The Athenians for their part continued to cause trouble for the Spartans and their allies wherever and however they could, for example by ravaging Megarian territory twice each year (Ach.