The earliest comic drama to survive, Acharnians is a highly committed play, its message being that Athens war with the Peloponnesians can and should be ended, and that peace will mean the restoration of normal life after six years' separation of the country people from their land. First published in 1980, this scholarly edition has been continuously updated, and presents the Greek text with facing-page English translation, commentary and notes. This volume also contains the general introduction to the complete set of Aristophanes comedies in the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series.
Alan H. Sommerstein is Professor of Greek and Director for Ancient Drama and its Reception, University of Nottingham and editor of a celebrated complete edition of Aristophanes volumes in the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series. His many other publications include Aeschylean Tragedy (1996), an edition of Aeschylus: Eumenides (1989), Greek Drama and Dramatists (2002) and Sophocles: Selected Fragmentary Plays Volumes 1 and 2 (2006, 2011) in the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series.
‘For an overall series of the entire corpus, including critical text, commentary, translation, and full introduction, all subsumed to one man’s intelligent analysis and wide-ranging scholarship, Sommerstein stands triumphantly alone. […] Aristophanes is lucky to have so devoted, erudite, and witty a modern celebrant.’