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Three Plays by Aristophanes: Staging Women

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These three plays by the great comic playwright Aristophanes (c. 446-386 BCE), the well-known Lysistrata, and the less familiar Women at the Thesmophoria and Assemblywomen, are the earliest surviving portrayals of contemporary women in the European literary tradition. These plays provide a unique glimpse of women not only in their familiar domestic roles but also in relati ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published April 2nd 2010 by Routledge (first published -391)
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I have to admit that I didn't just whip this off the shelf, thinking, "Boy, it's been a long time since I read any good Attic comedy... ooh, and here's a new translation."

No, this was assigned reading for one of my few college courses that had no equations. These three plays of Aristophanes all prominently feature women. "Lysistrata" deals with a sexual strike coordinated by the women of Athens and Sparta to make their men forge a peace treaty and end the war. "Women at the Thesmophoria" is abou
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Katie Pagan
Absolutely amazing. As much as it's been said, Lysistrata is an absolute must-read. It's hilarious in a bawdy, sometimes rated-R , way. Of course that's a good thing (especially the scene between Myrrhine and her husband)! What's more, the issues raised are actually kind of relevant and provoking. What if women actually did go on a massive sex strike? Incidentally, it's still happening...and it works! Follow the link below to see what I mean.
Vrouwenstaking: Mooi thema, prachtig-realistische uitgewerkt, bijzonder schunnige taal. Heel amusant, maar wel zwak slot.
Vrouwenfeest: Duister, complex en onnavolgbaar stuk vol verwijzingen naar stukken van Euripides; niet genietbaar.
vrouwenpolitiek: Fris en leuk stuk, sterk vergelijkbaar met vrouwenstaking, maar sterk verzwakkend naar het einde. Opvallende satire op aspecten van het democratisch systeem: gemakkelijk bedrog, het zittende volk komt vooral voor de zitpenningen, enz.
Done with this for now, although I plan to come back to it and read introductions and the closing fragments. Lysistrata, Assemblywomen, and Women at the Thesmophoria for a Woman in Antiquity class--Aristophanes is so much better than Lysistrata gives him credit for. I now have, at least, some blossoming interest in comedy.
only read the first two so far - imma knock that third one out soon. i enjoyed them a lot.
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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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Lysistrata Four Plays: The Clouds/The Birds/Lysistrata/The Frogs Clouds Lysistrata and Other Plays Frogs

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