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The Frogs (Ancient Greek: Βάτραχοι, Bátrachoi) is a comedy written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes. It was performed at the Lenaia, one of the Festivals of Dionysus in Athens, in 405 BC, receiving first place.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 19th 2009 by Duckworth Publishing (first published -405)
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Oct 20, 2013 Praj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phanes

High thoughts must have high language.

Language is the supreme wordplay through which thoughts are communicable. Words can either impart worldly acumen or indulge in pompous buffoonery. The revered wordsmiths, the possessors of this dexterous artistry are no less than sly magicians removing implausible beliefs from their audiences like a mere pigeons from a hat. Actions may speak louder than words; nevertheless it is the medley of words that script that action. The written world and its residen
Lynne King
Jul 07, 2013 Lynne King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites-own, plays
Brekekekex koax koax – now what’s that? It’s a chorus of frogs, of course.

Well it wasn’t until I heard “Frogs” mentioned on Goodreads a few months ago that I thought, well from the comments made this play is really worth reading. I accordingly purchased it, and the book re-surfaced last night. Why did it re-surface? In fact I had forgotten all about it; the trigger being my neighbor Michèle who was telling me how noisy the tree frogs are at the moment.

I must confess my ignorance in that I’ve nev
Aug 22, 2008 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-literature
i think i would make more responsible decisions if i had a chorus of frogs with me at all times
David Sarkies
Jun 16, 2012 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like ancient comedy
Recommended to David by: My University
Shelves: comedy
A satirical look at what makes a classic
16 June 2012

Before I start this commentary I must make reference to the translation that I am using, namely the 1987 David Barrett translation published by Penguin Classics. The reason that I am sourcing this book is because while the original text is not subject to copyright, the modern translation is. Even though I do have access to the original text (actually, I just checked my collection of Aristophanes plays in the original Greek and the Frogs is not
Mar 18, 2017 Nesrazmerni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aristofan je G E N I J E!
Nov 14, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αρκετά διασκεδαστικό,όχι κάτι το ιδιαίτερο!
Read in the Bollingen Poetry Translation Prize winning version of Richmond Lattimore
تنها بخش جالبش رقابت بین اشیل و اوریپید بود که دوستاره بهش دادم،ولی آن قسمت هم آنقدر جالب نبود که بخواهم توصیه اش کنم.
به هرحال این ها اولین ها بودند و انتظاری ازشان نمی رود.
Aug 19, 2013 Brent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, plays, kindle
In reading a two-thousand year old satire of specific Greek poets, it might help to be familiar with the two poets, Greek culture, or even poetry in general.

Or you can just plunge in on the recommendation of other humorists, claiming that his guy still has the goods two Millennia after his prime.

I chose option two. And as such, most of the subtleties were wasted on me and I totally didn't get the ending. But the bit about the passive-aggressive servant is timeless and is still in use, in one f
Mar 30, 2017 Maud rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine, but nothing special. You might enjoy this more if you know Aeschylus and Euripides and their works.
The Frogs by Aristophanes
Ancient Greek: Βάτραχοι, Bátrachoi

Batrachoi- to me the name in Ancient Greek sounds very funny. So is the play, although it seems to have some serious goals: criticism of some writers.
There is a light, pleasant mood in the Batrachoi, or so I perceived it. I have listened to a romanian version of the play, adapted for radio. My reading plan includes some of the more famous works, broadcasted by the National radio, sometimes the Cultural section.
Years ago, I guess about tw
Oct 24, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Frogs is another of Aristophanes' plays that is just top-notch for me as a Greek drama and as a general comedy- the plotline is just hilarious to behold, especially if the reader has understanding of the inside jokes like I did.

I read a post somewhere on Tumblr that described the plot of this play as follows: "Aeschylus and Euripides have a rap battle in the underworld while Dionysus croaks with a chorus of frogs". And I'd say that that's essentially it. I know that Aristophanes is known to
Lyanna Choi
Oct 15, 2016 Lyanna Choi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
Okay, when I first saw Frogs on my set-text list, I thought the title was a metaphor or something symbolic of Athenian democracy, but I never actually expected literal hell frogs.

Midway through the play and bored out of my mind in Chemistry, I realised something — the potential memes are endless:

- The dead will rise out of their coffins to carry your luggage to Hades for only two drachmas!
- Dancing girls dig that lionskin
- Brekekeke(xit) ko-ax ko-ax
- Landladies in Hades
- (x) lost his bottle of
Perry Whitford
Mar 11, 2014 Perry Whitford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A long, long, long time before comedian Peter Cook flaunted a culture of deference and respect by insulting a Prime Minister to his face in front of a live audience, the ancient Greeks were doing it with olive knobs on.

Written and performed in 405BC, The Frogs dares to stick it not just to the great and good of Athenian society, but even to the gods themselves. Dionysus himself, god of revels and patron of drama, is mercilessly satirized at his own festival by Aristophanes.

Dionysus, in the comp
Maria Ana
Sep 12, 2015 Maria Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, greco-latinos
As Rãs de Aristófanes merecem o meu total aplauso. Em geral prefiro as tragédias, pois sei que é muito mais fácil identificar-me com elas, do que propriamente com uma comédia com mais de 2000 mil anos de existência. As Rãs produziram o efeito desejado arrancando-me largos sorrisos e algumas gargalhadas. O seu conteúdo satírico confere às personagens uma personalidade extremamente humorista.

Nesta obra, Aristófanes procura criticar a obra de Eurípedes (obra que desvalorizava), equiparando-a com a
Brian Schiebout
May 04, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Frogs is a Greek comedy play which was written by Aristophanes. My copy was translated by Benjamin Rodgers. This play was first performed in 405 BC four months after Euripides died and two months past the death date of Sophocles. The play begins with a dialogue between Dionysius, the god at whose festival plays were performed in Athens and his servant Xanthias of how they must rescue a quality tragic playwright from Hades to give Athens the cultural power it needs to reestablish its greatnes ...more
Mar 01, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Enjoyable tale of Bacchus' descent into Hades to retrieve a poet to revive the theater and his trial between Euripides and Aeschylus to decide whom to bring back. Of critical import is paying attention to the historical notes and the allusions to the writings of Aeschylus, Euripides and other Greek authors wherein most of the humor lies. I wondered if such a story could be modernized - hearing Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Edgar Allen Poe critiqueing each others' poetry would be my choice for h ...more
Reading this via Daily Lit didn't quite do it justice. Even then it was pretty funny. I'd LOVE to see this performed. The basic summary is that Dionysus goes to the Underworld to retrieve Euripedes so that the god can be entertained on earth. This leads to hi-jinx and a contest between Euripedes and Aeschylos to see which one is the best playwright (tragedy). I highly recommend it to everyone (there are elements that are funny even if you're unfamiliar with Greek drama & mythology), but it's ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Moonglum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Brekekekex koax koax!

There were a number of references to ancient greek poets, myths and culture in this play which, had I groked them, would no doubt have increased my appreciation of it. None the less, it was quite funny, and with an appreciation of P.G. Wodehouse, a person can totally dig Xanthias and Dionysus as Jeeves and Whooster.

One part I especially enjoyed was Hercules's helpful directions into the underworld.

I read this play because an Empusa made an appearance in my Wednesday D&
Dec 02, 2015 Manab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
অসাধারণ। কিছু জায়গা ভাবানোর মত ভাললাগে পড়তে।
এই মাতর টের পাইলাম, ফানি-র কোনো বাংলা পরতিশবদ নাই, যদিও, হযাঁ, যদিও সিননিম বইলা কিছু থাকতেও নাই। এই বইও হয়ত তার অরধেক হিউমার হারায়ে ফেলছে অনুবাদে। হয়ত। বাকী অরধেক সেই।
বইয়ের শেষে কী হইলো আমি বুঝি নাই আসলে। গরীকদের বযাপারে জানি না ত আসলে তেমন। আমার এইটা ভাবতে খুব ইয়ে লাগতেছে যে আমি আড়াই হাজার বছর আগের একটা বই পড়ে লোকলজজবার ভয়ে লুটায় পড়ি নাই শুধু।
I don't know why, I really don't, but for some reason this makes me imagine a Hades where the dead poets society of that time doesn't stop singing:

"But I don't feel like dancin'
When the old Joanna plays
My heart could take a chance
But my two feet can't find a way
You'd think that I could muster up a little soft-shoe gentle sway
But I don’t feel like dancin’
No sir, no dancin’ today."

And so on. And so fucking on.

Actually, I want to see this performed. Right now!
Briana Grenert
Aug 27, 2012 Briana Grenert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aristophanes lived a long time ago. His way of viewing the world was completely different from my paradigm of life.
So, it follows, that his comedy would be diffrent.
But no.
Oh, humans.
It was very, very, funny. I loved that I actually understood a lot of the "inside jokes" - things I would not have understood if I didn't read so much about Ancient Greece.
وليد الشايجي
ساخرة ورائعة كما هو متوقع من سيد السخرية اريستوفانيس، والغريب ان العديد من المواقف تتشابة وواقعنا المثير للشفقة.
الناشر: المجلس الوطني للثقافة والفنون والاداب الكويتي. اصحاب افخم الاصدارات وارقى المترجمين وازهد الاسعار
Patrick Hadley
Jul 05, 2007 Patrick Hadley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: gay war vets and ayone with a sense of humor
Simply the greatest play ever written. It is a hilarious onion of infinite leaf. Stanford's edition is a little dated in some regards, but it takes a necessary middle path through the various controversies of the texts and its various possible interpretations.
While parts of this play were opaque to me (I assume references to other classical Greek plays that I have not read), other sections were quite amusing. I particularly enjoyed the fight between Aeschylus and Euripides for the position of best (dead) writer of tragedy!
it was funny
Oct 15, 2015 Larissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This play is hilarious! I never thought I'd enjoy an ancient Greek play as much as this! Read for first semester of Great Con
Loranne Davelaar
Mag ik ook een kikkerkoor dat me toezingt bij alles wat ik doe? Wordt vast leuk.
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Aristophanes (Greek: Αριστοφάνης; c. 446 BCE – c. 386 BCE) was a playwright of ancient Athens.

About 11 of his works are known in full, and they are the only plays of the "Old Comedy" style to have survived. They are The Acharnians, The Birds, The Clouds, The Ecclesiazusae, The Frogs, The Knights, Peace, Plutus (Wealth), The Thesmophoriazusae, and The Wasps. These plays have been translated into m
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