Aristophanes: the Complete Plays

By Aristophanes

A brand-new translation of the world's maximum satirist.

With a signature variety that's instantly bawdy and gentle, in addition to a fearless penchant for lampooning the wealthy and robust, Aristophanes continues to be arguably the best satirist of all time. gathered listed here are all eleven of his surviving plays-newly translated by way of the prestigious poet and translator Paul Roche.


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In case you quite cared a tinker’s cuss for the folks, you’d no longer have left these shields putting by way of the deal with. Don’t you spot, Demos, it’s a trick to prevent any retribution you can be short of to deal out to this bloke. A gang of younger and husky tanners display him in a medley of men promoting honey, promoting cheeses. They’re a self-supporting clique, and the instant you begin having a look glum and fingering the ostra shards,151 they’ll take these shields down by way of evening and it’s at the playing cards they’ll pounce on our granary yards like greased lightning. DEMOS: So the shields have each deal with on the prepared! You dishonest bastard, Paphlagon, how lengthy have you ever been blinding me to the best way you’ve been dishonest the folk? PAPHLAGON: My stable sir, don’t think every thing you pay attention, and don’t think that you’ll ever discover a greater good friend. It used to be I, all on my own, who positioned paid to a cabal of plotters. Oh sure, there’s no conspiracy I don’t learn about and quash instantly. SAUSAGEMAN: certainly you do! You’re like these fellows eel fishing: while the water’s transparent and nonetheless they don’t capture a specific thing, but if they stir it up they get an eel. That’s how you get an eel for those who stir town up. yet there’s something I’d prefer to be aware of: you are saying you actually deal with Demos but if your leather-based selling’s going good, do you ever ponder giving him a tiny scrap simply to patch a sandal? DEMOS: No, by way of Apollo, he by no means does! SAUSAGEMAN: Now do you spot the type of guy he's? I nevertheless deliver you this: take it with my compliments—a pair of trainers. DEMOS: you're in my view, of every person i do know, the main devoted to the reason for Demos, to town, and to my ft. PAPHLAGON: I’m aghast pair of trainers should still loom so huge and what I’ve performed for you so little, whilst it was once I who removed the pansy boys and disadvantaged Grypus152 of the vote. SAUSAGEMAN: And I’m stunned so that you can cross on an arse hunt after pansy boys while it’s noticeable you were given rid of them simply because you’re jealous in their political mettle. On best of that, this is bad outdated Demos with out a coat and it’s by no means happened to you that he ought to have a coat in iciness with sleeves. the following, take mine, Demos, please. DEMOS: And it by no means happened to Themistocles both, even though i need to admit that his Piraeus idea153 used to be an excellent one. . . . nonetheless, now not as very important as this coat. PAPHLAGON: What a load of monkey methods! SAUSAGEMAN: No, simply borrowing a few of yours, as one may well a couple of slippers at a celebration to head dashing to the jakes to shit. PAPHLAGON: There’s not anyone larger at buttering up than i'm, smarty. [He takes to the air his coat and attempts to strength it on DEMOS. ] DEMOS: What a stink of ox disguise, yuk! Piss off! SAUSAGEMAN: He positioned it on you simply to stifle you, as as soon as he attempted ahead of whilst that asafetida stuff154 was once going cheap—remember? DEMOS: in fact, I do. SAUSAGEMAN: He rigged the industry hoping that will reason every person to shop for and consume this fare, in order that while the courtroom used to be sitting, a unmarried whiff could fuel the justices to loss of life.

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