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Lysistrata by Aristophanes
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May 15, 11

bookshelves: great-book-of-the-western-world
Read in May, 2011

This play is about how the women of Greece collectively put an end to the Pelopennesian War by denying their husbands sex. It's one of three plays that address the war, which by the time it was written had been going on for about 21 years.

I notice from some supplemental things I've read that some would call this a "feminist" play. I'm not sure I understand this view, given that Aristophanes is being satirical. I would hope that "feminists" would view this kind of power as something to elevate ourselves above in favor of something approaching the types of power ascribed to men.



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