The Birds of Aristophanes, with notes by C.C. Felton

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Page 195 - But who is this, what thing of sea or land? Female of sex it seems, That so bedecked, ornate, and gay, Comes this way sailing Like a stately ship Of Tarsus, bound for the Isles Of Javan or Gadire With all her bravery on, and tackle trim, Sails filled and streamers waving...
Page 173 - That eagle's fate and mine are one, Which, on the shaft that made him die, Espied a feather of his own, Wherewith he wont to soar so high.
Page 173 - Twas thine own genius gave the final blow, And helped to plant the wound that laid thee low : So the struck eagle, stretched upon the plain, No more through rolling clouds to soar again, Viewed his own feather on the fatal dart, And...
Page xii - The herald, who had been despatched to the lower world, returns with an account that all Athens was gone bird-mad ; that it was grown a fashion to imitate them in their names and manners ; and that shortly they might expect to see a whole convoy arrive, in order to settle among them. The Chorus run to fetch a vast cargo of feathers and wings to equip their new citizens, when they come.
Page 204 - in the time of Aristophanes and Demosthenes, designated a person of a peculiar class, not capable of being described by any single word in our language, but well understood and appreciated by an Athenian. He had not much in common with our sycophant, but was a happy compound of the common barretor, informer, pettifogger, busybody, rogue, liar, and slanderer.
Page 190 - ... its place between the thymele and the stage, and had stood with its face to the stage, made an evolution, and proceeded in files towards the theatre, in the narrower sense of the word ; that is, towards the place of the spectators. This is the proper parabasis, which usually consisted of anapaestic tetrameters, occasionally mixed up with other long verses ; it began with a short opening song, (in anapaestic or trochaic verse,) which was called kommation, and ended with a very long and protracted...
Page 190 - In this parabasis the poet makes his chorus speak of his own poetical affairs, of the object and end of his productions, of his services to the state, of his relation to his rivals, and so forth.
Page v - The dithyrambic poets in general are unsparingly ridiculed ; the philosophers and men of science are not allowed to pass untouched ; while profligates and impostors of every class and description are here as well as in the...
Page xi - ... again interrupted by a begging prophet, who brings a cargo of oracles, partly relating to the prosperity of the city of Nephelococcygia, and partly to a new pair of shoes, of which he is in extreme want. Pisthetserus loses patience, and cuffs him and his religious trumpery off the stage. Scene 5. Meto, the famous geometrician, comes next and offers a plan, which he has drawn, for the new buildings, with much importance and impertinence : he meets with as bad a reception as the prophet. Act 2.
Page viii - ... men, and they are much more so at the length of his beak and the fierceness of his aspect. He takes them for fowlers ; and they insist upon it, that they are not men, but birds. In their confusion, their guides, whom they held in a string, escape and fly away. Epops, during this...

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