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Aristophanis comoediae duae Plutus & Nubes: cum scholiis Graecis antiquis, quibus adjiciuntur notae quaedam, simul cum gemino indice. In usum studiosae juventutis
Londini [i.e. London]: Impensis Rob. Clavel, 1695. [24], 463pp, [33]. Contemporary panelled calf. Heavy rubbing to extremities, joints split, upper board separating. Browning to blank endpapers, FEP working loose, occasional light creasing. A late seventeenth-century parallel Greek and Latin text of two comedies, Plutus and Nubes, by Athenian playwright Aristophanes (c.446-c.386 BCE). The first edition of Bishop of Norwich, John Leng's (1665-1727) Latin translation, and apparently the first appearance printed in England of both texts together. The latter work, Nubes, or The Clouds, has a high-standing within literary scholarship, being considered the first extant 'comedy of ideas'. The work lampoons the intellectual fashions of classical Athens and remains notorious for its caricature of Socrates, depicting him as a fraud and a sophist; indeed Plato refers to the play in his Apology as contributing to the philosopher's eventual trial and execution. Plutus, a lesser known work, satirises contemporary Athenian politics and morality through the personification of the eponymous god of wealth, raising issues regarding the fair distribution of riches and the state of slavery. Wing A3684. Dibdin I, 309.. First edition. 8vo.
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