The Birds by Aristophanes

The Birds (Greek: Ὄρνιθες Ornithes) is a comedy by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. It was performed in 414 BC at the City Dionysia where it won second prize. It has been acclaimed by modern critics as a perfectly realized fantasy[3] remarkable for its mimicry of birds and for the gaiety of its songs.[4] Unlike the author's other early plays, it includes no direct mention of the Peloponnesian War and there are few references to Athenian politics, and yet it was staged not long after the commencement of the Sicilian Expedition, an ambitious military campaign that had greatly increased Athenian commitment to the war effort. It is the longest of Aristophanes' surviving plays and yet it is a fairly conventional example of Old Comedy.

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The Knights, Peace, Wealth/the Birds, the Assemblywomen (Penguin Classics) Paperback 1284413 $53.47 $1.91 1978
Aristophanes Birds Paperback 4257419 $69.18 $40.00 1998
Birds and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 3687862 $34.94 $2.99 1999
Birds (Aristophanes//Comedies of Aristophanes) Hardcover 10981460 $43.53 1987
Lysistra, The Birds, Clouds Paperback 910495 $19.39 $10.00 2004
Aristophanes: A Metrical Version of the Acharnians, the Knights and the Birds, with Occasional Comment. With an Introduction. Second Edition Paperback 1693309 $17.95 2017
The Birds Of Aristophanes: The Greek Text As Performed By Members Of The University At The Theater Royal, Cambridge, November, 1883 (1883) Paperback 853334 $16.91 $17.31 2010
Aristophanes : Birds (Text and Commentary) - 2 Volume Set Plastic Comb 905541 $14.24 $14.35 1991
Aristophanes: Birds, Lysistrata, Assembly-Women, Wealth (Oxford World's Classics (Hardcover)) Hardcover 1073708 $34.94 $24.98 1997
Aristophanes : The Birds Paperback 340964 $5.36 $0.01 1999
Birds, Peace, Wealth: Aristophanes' Critique of the Gods Paperback 188467 $7.38 $8.83 2013
The Birds and Other Plays (Penguin Classics) Paperback 49530 $6.95 $3.15 2003
Aristophanes: Birds; Lysistrata; Women at the Thesmophoria (Loeb Classical Library No. 179) (Greek and English Edition) Hardcover 300265 $22.78 $11.91 2000
Birds and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 171025 $5.45 $3.33 2009
The Birds (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback 744683 $1.50 $0.01 2012
Birds Paperback 4391946 $3.95 $3.95 2008
The Birds / The Brothers Menaechmus: Two Classical Comedies Paperback 501393 $6.93 $0.01 1958
The Birds Paperback 5270232 $9.02 $32.96 2013
The Birds and Other Plays (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition 273041 2003
The Birds Kindle Edition 1343152 $0.99 2012
Aristophanes: The Birds Paperback 3560824 $5.62 $3.20 2010
Aristophanes the Birds Hardcover 6033621 $125.00 $10.98
The Birds Paperback 2485069 $3.15 $6.78 2005
Birds Kindle Edition 1479916 2010
Aristophanes: Birds (The Comedies of Aristophanes Vol 6) (Ancient Greek Edition) Paperback 2464859 $24.98 $13.61 2003
Birds Hardcover 3462191 $179.25 1995
The Birds Mass Market Paperback 11096937 $3.95 1970
The Birds Kindle Edition 1341259 2004
Aristophanes: The Birds Paperback 228530 $6.19 $7.05 2012
The Birds Paperback 5849755 $12.43 $12.42 2002
Aristophanes Birds Paperback 3380964 $99.46 $59.54 1997
The Birds Mass Market Paperback 14175395 $0.01 1970
The Birds: A One Act Play Paperback 1606758 $3.30 $5.71 2013
The Birds Mass Market Paperback 13977016 $0.01 1970
Aristophanes: Scenes from Birds (Greek Texts) Paperback 1439410 $16.95 $20.08 1998
Aristophanes - The Birds: "You should not decide until you have heard what both have to say" Paperback 966259 $9.99 $17.04 2017