Lysistrata Aristophanes comic masterpiece of war and sex remains one of the greatest plays ever written Led by the title character the women of the warring city states of Greece agree to withhold sexual favours

Aristophanes comic masterpiece of war and sex remains one of the greatest plays ever written Led by the title character, the women of the warring city states of Greece agree to withhold sexual favours with their husbands until they agree to cease fighting The war of the sexes that ensues makes Lysistrata a comedy without peer in the history of theatre.

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  1. Aristophanes Greek c 446 BCE c 386 BCE was a playwright of ancient Athens About 11 of his works are known in full, and they are the only plays of the Old Comedy style to have survived They are The Acharnians, The Birds, The Clouds, The Ecclesiazusae, The Frogs, The Knights, Peace, Plutus Wealth , The Thesmophoriazusae, and The Wasps These plays have been translated into many languages and continue to be staged or adapted for theatrical productions.Aristophanes satirized the political and social issues of 5th century BC Athens, such as the ongoing Peloponnesian War, the structure of the city state, the role of women in public life, the influence of philosophers notably Socrates in shaping public opinion.

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  1. I hate this book because I got arrested on account of it I was at the University of Texas Perry Castaneda Library and it got lost amidst the shuffled stack of books which I dumped into my backpack when I left Exiting the library the sensor went off.Sorry, I forgot to check it out No big deal, happens all the time But the Department of Collegiate Fascism, aka the UTPD, are required to file a report Bored from arresting 19 year olds for walking down the street half drunk they show up like it s the [...]

  2. How old is the idea of women withholding sex from men to get what they want Well, apparently as far back as 405 BC, because that s what happens in this hilarious and bawdy Greek comedy In this play it was en masse with the singular purpose of bringing peace between the warring Athenians and Spartans Did it work Well, what do you think

  3. LysistrataSome Greek men, you ll discover,Being a lesser loverThan a renderer of war,Treat their wives much like a whore.So one day, Lysistrata,Equipped with all the data,Reckoned upon a tacticTo withhold love climactic.She aimed to end all conflictWith some cohorts she had picked,To flaunt breasts and nothing hide,Though, til peace, men were denied.Males came with their pricks erect,Revealed for all to inspect,Still their wives rejected them,Until war they would condemn.So the violence did decr [...]

  4. It had been quite awhile since I contemplated over any books let alone penning a critical appraisal on It was tough trying to get words out of the overwhelming emotional vortex an obstinate ketchup bottle ignoring the need of a fried potato for the tangy goodness So, when Brian suggested a group reading of Lysistrata, I was a bit apprehensive A Greek playwright crossing the dreaded course of fallen heroic tragedies even remorse to my cerebral coma not a luxurious indulgence at the moment Lysist [...]

  5. TV Commercial Does your husband and the men of Athens just want to wage war Do they ignore your pleas for peace no matter how long the Peloponnesian War has been going on Tired of your men s stupid decisions in such a trying time Do you wish to end it Well women of Athens, you are in luck, we have the solution for you, withhold sex from your husbands and lovers, that will bring them back with their tails between their feet and a signed peace document Women of Athens Would that not just create di [...]

  6. This was hilarious Women withholding sex until all the men stopped the war What an imaginative idea I especially liked how the women fought against their own desires despite being in heat Several laugh out loud moments for me.

  7. In the introductory note in my edition a Mr Crofts mentions that the play is notorious for its racy, almost pornographic humor I d say that this seems to be a bit of an overstatement Surely it is not that much racy than say a William Shakespeare play or for that matter The Arabian Nights Tales from a Thousand and One Nights It is really all talk and no action Surely we as modern readers can handle that And would anyone living in 1994, the date of this edition, really consider this pornographic [...]

  8. I wouldn t be surprised if Lysistrata was the first sex comedy that s a genre, right Sex or lack there of drives the plot and innuendos abound Lysistrata But I tell you, here s a far weighty object.Calonice What is it all about, dear Lysistrata, that you ve called the women hither in a troop What kind of object is it Lysistrata A tremendous one Calonice And long Lysistrata Indeed, it may be very lengthy.Calonice Then why aren t they here Lysistrata No Man s connected with it if that was the cas [...]

  9. Lysistrata est l une des plus c l bres pi ces d Aristophane A l poque o il l crivit, la cit Ath nienne est dans une situation critique, le d sastre de l invasion de la Sicile ayant pr cipit la d fection de nombres d alli s, et enhardi les Spartiates s approcher toujours plus de l Attique Toujours partisan de la paix et fustigeant les va t en guerre, Aristophane imagine un sc nario rocambolesque digne de l ambiance Dionysiaque des f tes pendant lesquelles la pi ce tait jou e Lysistrata en grec, c [...]

  10. As you can see, there are no highlighted stars for this review The reason for this is not because I loathed the play, but simply because I have read three different translations of Lysistrata, each unique in translation If you read what appears to be a bad translation of the play, then that is not the fault of Aristophanes, but of the translator s With that being said, instead of one rating to finalize it, I am posting three ratings and reviews, one for each translation I have read from the best [...]

  11. Why do we live under the impression that the Greeks were such serious philosophers, when one of their favorite past time was listening to dick jokes I loved this, I do enjoy the occasional dick joke One has to read this and play it in one s mind at the same time

  12. After listing this on my read shelf for years, I discovered last month that the translation I read as a teen was actually a very free adaptation, which only loosely resembles what Aristophanes actually wrote Naturally, I wanted to correct that mistake and since I was looking for a short read right now, and had promised a friend that I d soon review the actual play, I worked it in over the past couple of days Note the above Dover edition is not actually the one I read I read the translation by Ch [...]

  13. Me after reading this play and being in love with every aspect of it and how it portrays women assuming the supposed roles of men without even lifting a finger, beautifully I have to say I was expecting a completely boring play that seemed to go on and on but boy oh boy was I in for a treat This play was funny and lewd as hell and completely timeless It is a really quick read and you will not waste your time if you decide to read it On my damn word.

  14. Staging a sex strike12 January 2013 Ignoring the crudeness of the play and remember that Shakespeare himself was quite crude and the naked men running around with giant erect peni is that the plural of penis what this play seems to be about is the empowerment of women which is probably why the feminists love it so much Mind you the only woman in this play that seems to have the willpower to see it through to the end is Lysistrata herself, but then that is probably why she is the leader In a way [...]

  15. In the beginning, G d created the heavens and the earth.A short time thereafter, he created Adam, and from Adam, Eve.Then there was nature.Then some decorating.It was then time to enact society, of which, it was decided by G d, would be left to the people wandering around.A Civilization was forming Soon after that first very hectic week, a philosopher appeared What was unusual about him was his decidedly German accent, thousands of years before there was a Frankfurter.But philosophy can be dry, [...]

  16. This modern translation by Douglass Parker is HORRENDOUS Got it, the Athenians consider the Spartan Lampito a country bumpkin, but I can not read another line of Shuckins, whut fer you tweedlin me up so I feel like a heifer come fair time in this CLASSIC drama Harumph Douglass Parker s footnote for I calklate so is In employing a somewhat debased American mountain dialect to render the Laconic Greek of Lampito and her countrymen, I have tried to evoke something like the Athenian attitude toward [...]

  17. Non sono che una donna, ma possiedo la ragione v 1124 Mi sono sempre domandata che cosa sarebbe accaduto se il governo del mondo, fin dagli albori dell umanit , fosse stato nelle mani delle donne invece che in quelle degli uomini I popoli si sarebbero scannati vicendevolmente cos come si verificato nel corso della storia Le guerre avrebbero scandito in modo altrettanto inevitabile le vicende del genere umano difficile rispondere perch , anzitutto, si deve riconoscere che se da un lato ci sono ma [...]

  18. This was hilarious Greek comedy where all the women get together to end war How by withholding sex and controlling the money war fund Some laugh out loud moments but also some serious messages.

  19. original read 2010Whether it s the original version or a modern adaptation, you need to see this play live to appreciate its transcending humor.

  20. This was such a comic relief after weeks of Homer This play is lighthearted and funny, though it deals with several important subjects If it weren t on my syllabus, I probably wouldn t have heard of it for a long while But I m glad I got a chance to read it, though I d be interested in getting hold of a traditionally translated edition I m not sure I loved the liberties this translator took with the text.

  21. This is an interesting one I read it when my Ancient History teacher recommended it to me I enjoyed it although I didn t love it It is about a bunch of women who withhold sex from their husbands until they stop going to war It is an interesting one and I enjoyed it I would recommend it to fans of the Greek Theatre or people who enjoy reading good plays Because this is a good one.

  22. The introduction by Jack Lindsay I couldn t comprehend, but the play itself I quite enjoyed The Spartans being rendered in Scottish vernacular by the translator was a nice touch, but left me struggling a bit with the text.I only knew this as the comedy where the women go on a sex strike in order to stop the Peloponnesian war I rolled my eyes a bit at that, thinking it was so typical to present sex as something that is important for men but not for women How wrong I was The women in this play are [...]

  23. What a fascinating play Either Aristophanes was a man ahead of his time, or women in Ancient Greece were not the way I had previously learned they were Lysistrata is a woman who knows here mind, a woman confident in her sexuality, a woman who has her own thoughts and ideas about what is happening in her world, and she is going to do something with these ideas She is tired of war, and she is going to stop it Her friends are confident, sexually secure women These are not timid women in arranged ma [...]

  24. Read for a college history class.Lysistrata is a play about a woman who rallies up a group of other females, the Athenians, because she is against the war This was a satire of the times and it s actually pretty hilarious The ladies gang up and start a chastity rally of sorts none of them will have sex with their husbands They even go as far as to tease them so that the men will quit fighting the war All in all, this play was a funny way of expressing both the political and family aspect of the w [...]

  25. Lysistrata is one of Aristophanes anti war plays, written during Athen s involvement in the seemingly interminable Peloponnesian War In the years since then it has proved one of his most enduringly popular, sometimes interpreted and presented in modern times as a pacifist work, sometimes as a feminist play The title character is a woman of strong convictions who, tired of the war, its cost, and the continual absence of men at the front, organizes the women of all the combatant city states to wit [...]

  26. I get a perverse kick out of the fact that I can share a hearty laugh about someone s genitals with someone a thousand years ago The fact that both myself and a stadium full of men in ancient Greece were laughing about the same things has an unnatural appeal to me Almost enough to forget the fact that we were undoubtedly laughing for very different reasons.It s interesting to see how audiences now react to this play in contrast to how it was originally meant to be viewed In the twenty first cent [...]

  27. guerra, gli uomini sono via da mesi le donne prendono in mano la situazione, sotto la guida di Lisistrata Faranno sciopero del sesso, rimanendo sull Acropoli, finch non sar siglata la pace, senza cedere ad alcuna tentazione Gli uomini, dal canto loro, sono subito fuori controllo tutte le citt sono piene di lamenti per il mancato piacere Avremo un lieto fine, come in ogni commedia, e la risata costante per tutta la sua durata grazie Aristofane

  28. This play from ancient Greece still is an amusing look at male female relations has some slyly witty pokes at the causes of war In the play, Athens is at war with Sparta Lysistrata convinces women from both city states that together they can bring peace by denying the men sex until the men agree to a peace treaty And of course, it doesn t hurt that the women also seize control over the war treasury.

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