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Aristophanis Comoediae Undecim Joannem Ravesteinum

SKU: Aristos Como Undec AB0210067 $1,695.00
Aristophanis Comoediae Undecim Joannem Ravesteinum Published at Amsterdam in 1670. Latin text with Greek sub-text. 1087 pages plus Aristophanis Fragmenta by Gulielmo Cantero 60 pages. Volume size: 13.5 cm. x 8 cm. Text includes: Extant Questions (elenchus qua extant) Corrections (typographus) Chronology (Aristophanis vita & seripta) and Summaries (de comoedia vetere). The volume exhibits: woodcut embellishments including a cameo of Aristophanis on the frontispiece as well as seraphim and heralds. There is also a play write/dreamer woodcut on later pages and further floral embellishments throughout. Paragraphs begin with upper-case woodcut initials. Professionally RESTORED and rebound into full leather as the original. New handmade end sections. New sewn end bands and raised bands on the spine. Gilt title lettering on spine. Supple cream to off-white pages. Original pages are complete and without loss. All in all a 340 year old beautiful volume waiting to become the centerpiece of any library. The Greek word for comedyderives from the words for reveland songand according to Aristotle comic drama actually developed from song. In Aristophanes early plays the genre appears to have developed around a complex set of dramatic conventions and these were only gradually simplified and abandoned. Aristophanes (ca. 446 ca. 386 B.C.) was a prolific and much acclaimed comic play write. Eleven of his forty plays survive virtually complete. These together with fragments of some of his other plays provide us with the only real examples we have of a genre of comic drama known as Old Comedy and they are in fact used to define the genre. Aristophanes has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author. His powers of ridicule were feared and acknowledged by influential contemporaries Plato singled out Aristophanes play The Clouds as slander contributing to the trial and execution of Socrates although other satirical play writes had caricatured the philosopher. Less is known about Aristophanes than about his plays. In fact his plays are the main source of information about him.