The Birds is a comedy by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. It has been acclaimed by modern critics as a perfectly realized fantasy remarkable for its mimicry of birds and for the gaiety of its songs. Unlike the author's other early plays, it includes no direct mention of the Peloponnesian War and there are few references to Athenian politics, and yet it was staged not long after the commencement of the Sicilian Expedition, an ambitious military campaign that had greatly increased Athenian commitment to the war effort. It is the longest of Aristophanes' surviving plays and yet it is a fairly conventional example of Old Comedy. Pisthetaerus, a middle-aged Athenian, persuades the world's birds to create a new city in the sky, thereby gaining control over all communications between men and gods. He is miraculously transformed into a bird-like figure and with the help of the birds, and advice from Prometheus, he soon replaces Zeus as the pre-eminent power in the cosmos.
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|Size: ||201 KB|
|Date published: || 2013|
|ISBN: ||9781105986468 (DRM-EPUB)|
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