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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5265 on: June 21, 2017, 07:27:31 AM »
Caught between introducing my son to The Wombles and finishing off anything half-read I have lying around, because The Asylum... is coming up and will be commanding my undivided attention.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5266 on: June 21, 2017, 07:38:33 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5267 on: June 21, 2017, 08:18:29 AM »
A Swedish biography of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army (Fanny Ekenstierna, William Booth, Frälsningsarméns skapare - en livsbild) that I picked off a table where people can exchange books for a friend who likes biographies but, as it turned out, doesn't read Swedish. It offers a glimpse into Victorian attitudes to religion and is interesting not least because most of the societal problems Booth was dealing with at the end of the 19th century are still with us today.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5268 on: June 21, 2017, 09:21:18 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5269 on: June 21, 2017, 10:43:23 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5270 on: June 22, 2017, 11:29:18 AM »
I am finally getting a chance to read some Ancient Greek comedy:  Frogs and other plays / Aristophanes ; translated with an introduction and notes by Stephen Halliwell.  Are other Ancient Greek comedy writers as vulgar as Aristophanes was?

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5271 on: June 22, 2017, 12:11:25 PM »
I am finally getting a chance to read some Ancient Greek comedy:  Frogs and other plays / Aristophanes ; translated with an introduction and notes by Stephen Halliwell.  Are other Ancient Greek comedy writers as vulgar as Aristophanes was?

Very little comedy has survived, but satire did become a lot tamer over time, as government became more conservative.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5272 on: June 22, 2017, 01:51:11 PM »
I am finally getting a chance to read some Ancient Greek comedy:  Frogs and other plays / Aristophanes ; translated with an introduction and notes by Stephen Halliwell.  Are other Ancient Greek comedy writers as vulgar as Aristophanes was?

You might want to take a look at multiple translations. It's becoming fashionable for translators to put a very personal stamp on Greek plays. I'm not saying anything to condemn Halliwell. But someone like Lattimore has a better reputation for stolid accuracy.

The comedies could definitely be vulgar.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5273 on: June 22, 2017, 01:58:10 PM »
Indeed.  I thought Clouds was tolerable because the plot was funny. Women at the Thesmophoria had too much for me.  Frogs was not too bad, but I had trouble seeing as much humor in it as others would.
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