The Birds and Other Plays

The Birds and Other Plays

Translator: David Barrett

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140449518
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The plays in this volume all contain Aristophanes’ trademark bawdy comedy and dazzling verbal agility. In The Birds, two frustrated Athenians join the birds to build the utopian city of ‘Much Cuckoo in the Clouds’. The Knights is a venomous satire on Cleon, a prominent Athenian demagogue, while The Assembly Women deals with the battle of the sexes as the women of Athens infiltrate the all-male Assembly in disguise. The lengthy conflict with Sparta is the subject of Peace, inspired by the hope of a settlement in 421 BC, and Wealth reflects on the economic catastrophe that hit Athens after the war.

Table of Contents

About the Author 7

Aristophanes in Antiquity 9

Aristophanes, Comedian and Poet 21

The Knights 29

Peace 91

The Birds 147

The Assemblywoman 215

Wealth 265

Notes 313

Select Bibliography 336

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