The acknowledged master of Greek comedy, Aristophanes brilliantly combines serious political satire with bawdiness, pyrotechnical bombast with delicate lyrics. His creative wit jabs at the foibles of mankind that have endured since ancient times. Now this volume brings together his four most celebrated masterpieces: The Clouds, The Birds, Lysistrata, and The Frogs. Three of the leading Greek translators of the twentieth century - William Arrowsmith, Richmond Lattimore, and Douglas Parker - have created versions of the comedies that are at once contemporary, historically accurate, and funny. Also included are introductions to each play that describe the historical and literary background of the work.