Birds is usually well-known as one among Aristophanes' masterpieces, for its innovative plot (it is the resource of the be aware "Cloudcuckooland"), and its captivating and unique lyrics. This abridgment of Nan Dunbar's extensively acclaimed variation 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 only illustrative parallels are passed over.
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