translated by Kenneth McLeish
Seeking peace after endless years of war, Trygaeus, a citizen of Athens, flies his giant dung-beetle to the heavens to argue with the gods. When he arrives, he discovers that the god of War has imprisoned the goddess of Peace, and he calls on his fellow Athenians to help set her free.
Peace includes some of Aristophanes’ most reflective, eloquent writing, while retaining his signature biting wit. Full of slapstick, physical humour, and honest discussion of the frustrations of war, it reflects the politics of the city at an uncertain time, as its citizens adjusted to a fragile peace after years of conflict.