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The frogs / Aristophanes : edited with introduction, revised text, commentary and index by W.B. Stanford Aristophanes Stanford, William Bedell : 2nd ed. lx, 211 p. : 18 cm. Macmillan London: 1963 :
Note: Includes bibliography and index
Mode of access: Online. OTA website
Title proper taken from AHDS Catalogue Form
At the time of the production of this play, Athens and her allies have been at war with Sparta and her allies (from 431-404 BC with some brief interludes). Things have not gone so well for Athens. Indeed, in 411 there was a brief oligarchic coup. And in 404, just a year after this play was produced, Sparta will support a second coup by another oligarchic group called the Thirty, thus bringing the war to an ill end for the Athenians. Aristophanes has Dionysos seeking a way to restore Athens to her former glory through a revival of tragedy. After the deaths of Euripides in 405 BC and Sophocles immediately after, the future of tragedy seemed dark.
Also available at: http://www.mala.bc.ca/~johnstoi/aristophanes/frogs.htm