Aristophanes

Comoediae novem (1498)



Aristophanes, Comoediae novem

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  After three years' labour on his Aristotle, Aldus turned to another major editio princeps, this time of the Greek comic poet Aristophanes (1498). The folio Aristophanes is (in my view) Aldus' masterpiece: the free, airy page-layout and gloriously elaborate cursive, multi-ligatured typefaces (146mm for the text, 114mm for the scholia). The volume included nine of Aristophanes' eleven surviving plays; the Lysistrata and Thesmophoriazusae were omitted from this edition, not being printed until 1515 at Florence. Aldus remarks in his preface: 'decimam [fabulam] Lysistraten ideo praetermisimus, quia uix dimidiata haberi a nobis potuit'.  
Text kindly provided, especially for this exhibition, by Peter Thonemann