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Aristophanes' the Birds
Aristophanes' the Birds | Aristophanes
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This is an English translation of Aristophanes greatest comedy the Birds and is the story of birds taking control of the government. Includes background material on the historical and cultural context of this work, suggestions for further reading, and notes. Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture."
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As translator Aaron Poochigian summarizes in the intro, " Considering life in Athens litigious & stressful, two Athenians, Peisthetaerus & Euelpides, head into the wilderness to find Tereus the Hoopoe, leader of the birds, & to make their home there." Peisthetaerus & Euelpides convince Tereus & the other birds to build Cloudcuckooland, a grand border city between humans & the Gods to regain their mythical majesty. A zany comedy w/ some ?

vivastory interesting commentary underneath. 3mo
batsy Aristophanes is so over the top! And it intrigues me to think about the audiences he was writing for, who obviously were into this kind of absurdist. 3mo
batsy *absurdism 3mo
vivastory @batsy I completely agree. It makes me wonder about lost plays that could have anticipated Beckett & Ionesco. 3mo
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The Birds | Aristophanes
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I love the absurdist, fantastic elements of this political & social satire. It combines elements of fantasy in unique ways & birds make for interesting overlords! Nothing beats Prometheus arriving at the city of birds hidden first underneath a blanket & thereafter under an umbrella because he is God-enemy number one & can't be seen by Zeus or his henchmen. "There isn't a god following me, is there?" he asks, & I haven't been able to stop laughing.

batsy Film still: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds 😅 4mo
Cathythoughts The Birds 💫♥️ 4mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Brilliant movie 🐦💙 4mo
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AmyG Agreed. Brilliant movie. 4mo
batsy @AmyG And I never get tired of re-watching it! 4mo
Liz_M We did this play in college. So much ManicPanic hair dye and crazy make up! Don't remember the plot at all. 😂 4mo
AmyG @batsy I probably watch it once a year. I find it on TV. 4mo
batsy @Liz_M 😆😆 4mo
batsy @AmyG That's probably true of me, as well. Whenever I see it on TV, I'm there 🙂 4mo
vivastory Oh, man. Having recently reread Prometheus Bound this is hilarious 😂😂 4mo
batsy @vivastory Prometheus' line came out of nowhere and was so deadpan and it truly made me lol 😆 4mo
UwannaPublishme Oh that photo! 😬 4mo
batsy @UwannaPublishme 🐦💀🐦 4mo
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Surprisingly fun (and still genuinely funny) play! I had a great time reading this and, the way things are going, I wouldn't mind hiding from it all in Cloud Cuckoo Land if it keeps going!

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Men of sense often learn from their enemies. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war; and this lesson saves their children, their homes, and their properties.

Hobbinol I think Donald Trump has prime real estate in Cloud Cuckoo Land! 6y
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