Birds by Aristophanes
The Birds has long been hailed as one of the finest masterpieces
written by Aristophanes (ca. 456 BC - ca. 386 BC), the greatest of all
classical Athenian comic dramatists. First performed in 414 BC, at the
height of the Peloponnesian War, which pitted Athens against Sparta, the
play celebrates the extraordinary character of Athens in a manner that is at
once robust, lyrical, satiric, and full of ironic resonance.
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