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Assembly of Women (Literary Classics)

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The women of Athens concoct a daring scheme: penetrate the male-dominated Assembly disguised as men and vote themselves into power, after which they will overturn the old laws and inaugurate a new society where all are equal and where property and sex, too! is shared. This new translation of Aristophanes' last extant play recaptures the spirit, the bawdiness, and the brill ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Prometheus Books (first published -391)
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Angelo Giardini
Sobre a peça clássica de Aristófanes, não tenho muito o que comentar, porque, no meio do caminho, tinha uma tradução. A tradução de Mário da Gama
Kury para a editora Zahar é péssima e eu nem preciso conhecer grego clássico para saber. Bastam estes trechos:

"Lá vem a Esquerdina e a Reformilde!"

"1a. Mulher: Veja que barba linda!
2a. Mulher: E a minha? Parece a do Lula."

"É a minha opinião, por Nossa Senhora do Parto!"

"Virgem Maria! Vai falar bem assim na Bahia!"

Essa é uma obra que eu terei que reler n
Erasmia Kritikou
2500 χρονια μετα, ο εισηγητης και διδασκαλος της σατιρας Αριστοφανης, τρομακτικά επικαιρος με οξυδερκή ματιά στον τροπο σκεψης των Ελληνων: την συμφεροντολογια, την λαμογιά, την πονηριά.
Τιποτα δεν φαινεται να εχει αλλαξει στην Ελλαδα του 21ου αιωνα.
Ενα εργο που θα πρεπε καθε ελληνας να διαβασει για να φτασει λιγο πιο κοντα στο συλλογικο -ή εθνικο "γνωθι σαυτον"

"Κι ο φταιχτης σ ολα τουτα εισαι εσυ λαε.
Καθένας τσιμπολογωντας το δημοσιο χρημα
κοιταζει το συμφερον του μοναχα,
κι η πατριδα ας κουτσαι
Francisco H. González
La asamblea de las mujeres, obra de Aristófanes, data del 392 a.C. Me sorprende que dos mil años atrás, las protagonistas de esta pieza teatral fuesen mujeres, quienes vestidas con los atuendos de sus maridos van a una sesión de la Asamblea, en la cual lograrán hacerse con el poder, hartas estas de comprobar como los hombres cometen siempre los mismos errores y Atenas está en caída libre.

Las mujeres se salen con la suya y entre sus reformas está el "hacer un todo común", donde todos los bienes
Jori Richardson
Mar 21, 2013 Jori Richardson rated it really liked it
"The Assembly of Women," or, "Ecclesiazusae," reminded me very strongly of my favorite Aristophanes, "Lysistrata." If you loved that play as much as I did, you will enjoy this one as well.

The first scene starts off with a group of wives in Ancient Athens stealing their husband's clothes and setting off to speak at the male-only Assembly. Their novel ideas, which concern land ownership, equality, and even sex, are met with a mixture of both outraged indignation and curious popularity.

This play wa
Ruru Ghoshal
Jul 05, 2014 Ruru Ghoshal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How very unsurprising that women at the first chance they get implement big nanny government.
Jan 17, 2017 Dmk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It really suprised me that this was written before Plato's Republic 'couse it looks like a really fitting parody of it, some ideas presented are in fact the same (shared property, everyone could be your dad so do not hit older man...) and Proxagora really reminds me of Socrates (much more than Socrates from Clouds ).
It's marvelous how he mixes dealing with serious topics, satirizing more things at once, suprisingly good arguments with very funny comedy. Although response to some crisis they have
Jan 01, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it
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Jan 14, 2014 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short little piece was absolutely hilarious! I’ve never read a Greek comedy before, but I’m glad I took the time to do so. The Ecclesiazusae means ‘The Women’s Council’ in Greek and the premise of the play goes something like this. The city council meets for new ‘elections’ in an ancient Greek city. Unbeknownst to their husbands, the prominent women of the city decide to dress up as their husbands, attend the council and vote themselves into power. The plan succeeds, and before the end of t ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-drama
The Ecclesiazusae is another women-centric play by Aristophanes that focuses on women who want to change their domestic roles and experience being men... so they take their husbands' clothes and grow facial hair to become more like men. This play is a lot like Lysistrata in many senses- the plot is similar, the characters are similar, and the message being put across is similar. I think I may have liked this one a little bit more, but I think that is only marginal. Both are great, I just find it ...more
Edward Cheer
An interesting concept that Aristophanes brings up, being one of the oldest representations of a Communist society I've seen. And while it pokes fun at this society where everyone receives a commonwealth, it also inadvertently pokes fun at women ruling this society, which is a big weakness for Ecclesiazusae. The problem I've seen with Aristophanes' comedies involving politics and women is that you could see him supporting women's rights, but just as easily see him making fun of it. And between t ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
I picked this up on the classics shelf at Goodwill, and at first I was unsure if I would really be in to it or not. I even hesitated to purchase it, but, with it only being $.99 I kind of figured it was worth a shot. (I end up with a lot of books this way..)
Well, I ended up loving it. I laughed more reading the Assembly of Women than I do reading modern comedy-type books.
While I don't have anything deep or thoughtful to say in my review, I would encourage one to read it.
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Aristophanes (Greek: Αριστοφάνης; 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 m
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