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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  21,758 ratings  ·  454 reviews
Lysistrata loosely translated to "she who disbands armies," is an anti-war Greek comedy, written in 411 BCE by Aristophanes. Led by the eponymous Lysistrata, the story's female characters barricade the public funds building and withhold sex from their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War and secure peace. In doing so, Lysistrata engages the support of women from Sparta, B ...more
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Published March 13th 2008 by Book Jungle (first published -411)
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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
Ian Agadada-Davida
Feb 08, 2013 Ian Agadada-Davida rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ian by: Bird Brian

Some Greek men, you’ll discover,
Being a lesser lover
Than a renderer of war,
Treat their wives much like a whore.

So one day, Lysistrata,
Equipped with all the data,
Reckoned upon a tactic
To withhold love climactic.

She aimed to end all conflict
With 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 dec
It had been quite awhile since I contemplated over any books let alone penning a critical appraisal on Goodreads. 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 more remorse to my cerebral coma; not a luxurious indulgence ...more
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 more weighty object.
Calonice: What is it all about, dear Lystrata, 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; i

Lysistrata est l'une des plus célèbres pièces d'Aristophane. A l'époque où il l'écrivit, la cité Athénienne est dans une situation critique, le désastre de l'invasion de la Sicile ayant précipité la défection de nombres d'alliés, et enhardi les Spartiates à s'approcher toujours plus de l'Attique. Toujours partisan de la paix et fustigeant les va-t-en guerre, Aristophane imagine un scénario rocambolesque digne de l'ambiance Dionysiaque des fêtes pendant lesquelles la pièce était jouée: Lysistrata
Nov 21, 2012 Leajk rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: men, women, war monglers, pacifists
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 more 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
David Sarkies
Oct 22, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love old comedy
Recommended to David by: My Classic lecturer
Shelves: comedy
Staging a sex strike
12 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.
Dec 29, 2012 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of literature, theater history, or ancient history
Shelves: classics, plays
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 Goodreads 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 th ...more
NOTE: This book contains four plays, but this review only pertains to Lysistrata

Guys: if you ever want to be the life of the party (or maybe get yourself arrested), consider borrowing this 2500 year old bit from Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata:

KINESIAS: (entering the peace negotiation) ….I’ve come as a delegate to the Sexual Congress. (opens cloak to reveal massive, throbbing erection) Here are my credentials.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I’m just dying to use that one. Now you might understand how L
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.
Yuki Shimmyo
Nov 04, 2015 Yuki Shimmyo rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one--not this Douglass Parker translation.
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 attitud
Steve Sckenda
Lysistrata and her friends attempt to end the Peloponnesian War by staging a sex-strike. The women swear an oath that they will first arouse their men with negligees and then refuse to have sex with them until the armies agree to a truce. If their husbands take them by force, they vow to resist and make them suffer.

This may be one of the first peace protests in literature. Aristophanes is a ribald playwright, known for his adolescent humor, and I can imagine his male audience laughing hysterica
Oct 24, 2011 Sita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Greek Theatre or fans of Play's
Recommended to Sita by: My Ancient History Teacher
Shelves: own, classic, reviewed
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.
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 arrang
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 ...more
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.
Funny like in Aristophanes. A vulgar comedy play from the founder of the genre.

An Athenian woman, Lysistrata, plots a vicious plan to end the war. No one dips his finger in the honey until the war is ceased. A piece of ass for a peace of men. The girls' conspiracy is well contrived. Could it work nowadays as well?

Women love Peace but also the Spartan six-packs. Well... it seems that peace is on our own initiative.
We bring you to life guys and we send you to hell too. You need to realise who rule
G.R. Reader
Sex! Violence! Social commentary! Ancient Greek!
Christine Orwell
Oh dear god. THIS WAS AWFUL. Couldn't even finish it.

Basic premise: Athenian women are sick or war, so they decide to not have sex with the men until they stop fighting.

The play sounds really interesting and I would love to read it in decent, appropriate language. The problem isn't the play, the problem is that this so-called "modern translation" was just atrocious. Apparently Athenians considered Spartan to be hillbillies, and that's fine. If you want to convey that the Spartan characters are l
What can I say about Lysistrata? This play has been around since way back when, and something just feels very wrong to me about rating and reviewing it. So I won't rate it, but I will say a few things.

The back cover sums up this story quite well—an Athenian woman named Lysistrata bands together the women of Athens and Sparta to go on a sex strike in order to prevent and end war between the men of Greece. Because historically women have always been seen as subservient to men, the women of Greece
The Greek play Lysistrata is mostly about feminism and woman being in power over men and not giving them the one thing they want and need. The women in this play are using themselves to get their husbands to stop the war. There are a lot of sexual jokes that actually made me laugh out loud but that’s what kept me interested and entertained while reading this play.
One of things I thought was really funny was how much the women in the play wanted sex too and it was just as hard for them to refuse
It may seem like a plot straight out of the sitcom playbook, but really, the sitcom is straight out of Aristophanes' playbook, and Sarah Ruden's translation is an excellent effort in making the blunt and the blinding punnery of the sexual comedy pop in a modern setting.

Any modern audience (myself include) may struggle to check their contemporary expectations for gender equality at the door, but if you can compartmentalize it for a later discussion, the simple spectacle of ribald banter and the d
O, Lakonko mi draga, zdravo Lampita!
Oh, lepa li si, slatka li si, na pogled!
Da svežih obraza, da bujna tela tvog!
I bika bi zadavila!

Bih, boga mi!
Vežbam se, đipam, nogom o guz udaram.
carl  theaker

The first sitcom? Hilarious tale, well as funny as it
gets in Greek Lit anyway, of the women folk back
home holding out on the men till they quit fighting.

Just might work today!

Aristophanes was really ahead of his time, and I think that Lysistrata is proof of that. In this play, a group of women all agree to abstain fron any sexual contact until their husbands stop going off to war. In general, this plan seems to work alright in the end.

First of all, to have a women-centric play is nice, because many plays from this time focused on the typical hero or manly man figure. I enjoy a play that attacks this cliche, especially by presenting it fromt he viewpoint of the women
Loved the character of Lysistrata. Very modernist and intelligent. Her plan was brilliant!
Absolutely hysterical. I loved this play.
This comedy was very bawdy and hilarious! Very laugh out loud funny. Definitely not for kids, or even high school students, as there is strong adult sexual humor in here. Absolutely brilliant sexual comedy, and probably Aristophanes' most famous comedic play.

This play is a great primary source on sexual relations and the status of women in ancient Greece. Granted, there is a lot that Aristophanes probably left out with regard to "less mainstream" sexual behavior in ancient Greece, but what he wr
How entertaining! It wasn't at all what I expected, and I almost laughed out loud at some parts. I couldn't describe it better than the back of the book: "The most famous, bawdy satire of Ancient Greece".

"The women of Greece are weary of the extended war between Athens and Sparta. Led by Lysistrata, they decide to take control of the situation by capturing the Acropolis, seat of Athenian walth, and by going on a sex strike. There is to be no more love-making until peace has been established. Suf
This has to be the funniest piece of literature from ancient times. Small wonder, seeing as how most teachers only have a limited amount of time to cram in as much "meaningful" stuff as they can. Still, I wasn't expecting this play to be so damn FUNNY.

The humor translates well to a modern audience, props to Sarah Ruden. My teacher had kept saying throughout the quarter, "Just wait 'til we get to the Lysistrata! I think that there is at least one penis joke on every page! Aren't penises funny?" A
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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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“What matters that I was born a woman, if I can cure your misfortunes? I pay my share of tolls and taxes, by giving men to the State. But you, you miserable greybeards, you contribute nothing to the public charges; on the contrary, you have wasted the treasure of our forefathers, as it was called, the treasure amassed in the days of the Persian Wars. You pay nothing at all in return; and into the bargain you endanger our lives and liberties by your mistakes. Have you one word to say for yourselves?... Ah! don't irritate me, you there, or I'll lay my slipper across your jaws; and it's pretty heavy.” 14 likes
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