Birds is mostly well-known as one among Aristophanes' masterpieces, for its inventive plot (it is the resource of the notice "Cloudcuckooland"), and its fascinating and unique lyrics. This abridgment of Nan Dunbar's commonly acclaimed version of Birds, released in 1995, preserves the entire fabric designed to aid the fewer complex pupil of Greek or the non-specialist to translate, comprehend, and luxuriate in the play. It additionally keeps the notes on staging, however the metrical, textual, and ornithological difficulties are handled extra summarily, and in basic terms illustrative parallels are passed over.
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Epid. 306-7) I don't think there is any land in the land of Attica as fertile as this Periphanes of ours. When Periphanes learns that he has been deceived, hc en1phasizes his own Athenianness: TI-IE THEATER OF PLAUTUS (,0 fateor ll1e omnium hominum esse Athenis Atticis ll11nimi preti. (501-2) I confess, I'nl the IllOSt worthless of all men in Attic Athens. Finally, in his triUlllphant entrance whcn his deception has led to a S~lCC~~S ··11 brin CT~, h1nl his freedom Epidicus uses the Greek \\lord apolactlzo ( I [l:1t\\'l .
A juxtaposition joke in the play's first scene calls attention to Epidicus's status as both Greek and Roman: ~ ~ ~ Thcsprio: iam tu autenl nobis practuram geris? EpidiClls: quenl dices digniorem csse hOll1inem hodie Athenis altcrLul1? : at unUll1 a praetura tua, Epidice, abest. : quidnam? : sC1es: lictores duo, duo ulmci fasces virgarum. Thcsprio: So now you have a practorship over us? EpidiClls: Who else in Athens \vould you say deserves the job more? : l3ut one thing is 111issing h:om your praetorship, Epidicus.
Indeed, the Greek setting in itself encourages avvareness of theater. 'i questions of place, an analogy with English Renaissance drama is nlost productive. The plays of Shakespeare, Jonson, and their contelnporaries set in Italy lent themselves to l1letatheater: Elizabethan and Jacobean pla)Twrights and audicnces viewed Italians as deceitful and therefore like actors, and they associated Italy witb various fonns of theater and spectade. 2 () Ahnost the same words could describe the l~oman view of Greeks and Greece in Plautus's day.