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The Acharnians

The Acharnians

Play


Writer:
  • greek
  • old comedy
  • peace
  • politics
  • pacifist
  • pacisfism


Overview


Synopsis

The Acharnians is a hilarious satire, and an indictment of unnecessary war. The play follows the attempts of the hero Dicaeopolis to make a personal peace with the Spartans even though his native city of Athens is fighting in the Peloponnesian War. After side-stepping informers, the Athenian Assembly, a quarrelsome general, and the playwright Euripides, Dicaeopolis convinces the Chorus of Acharnians (coal-miners who have lost everything in the Spartan invasions), that maybe Athens' war isn't serving their interests after all.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
Genres
Satire
Time & Place
athens
Cast Size
large
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Ideal For
university theatre, outdoor theatre, professional theatre, community theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Tags:
  • greek
  • old comedy
  • peace
  • politics
  • pacifist
  • pacisfism

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