Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Four Plays by Aristophanes

Steve Donoghue reviews Four Plays: Clouds, Birds, Lysistrata, Women of the Assembly, by Aristophanes, translated by Aaron Poochigian, at Open Letters Review.

"Poet and translator Aaron Poochigian has now translated four of those surviving plays in an elegant and wonderfully approachable new volume from Liveright. The plays - Clouds, Birds, Lysistrata, and Women of the Assembly - were produced over the span of thirty years and are threaded through with the kinds of subtlety that’s often missed by readers (and too often also missed by translators). They can also, miraculously, still be funny in the rare instances when they’re still staged for an audience."

See Aristophanes, Plays, Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 5, (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 4.

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