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Lysistrata by Aristophanes
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Apr 20, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: reviewed-books, drama, classics, books-i-own

The words "ancient greek comedy" might not necessarily be the big seller for most people whose only exposure to ancient greek literature is Sophocle's Oedipus Tyrannus and/or portions of the Iliad or the Odyssey. However, even if you hated these pieces with a passion, no one should underestimate Aristophanes Lysistrata.

A play about women using a sex-strike to stop a war is your first draw-in. What makes you stay, although the plot is interesting enough to tempt me, is the absolutely hysterical gems sprinkled throughout the obligatory confrontations between the women and the men of Greece: the women and men struggling with their horniness, Myrrhine driving her husband insane with lust, and, of course, the image of all the men walking around with insatiable erections.

Even if the word "classics" makes you start vomiting at will, I sincerely encourage everyone to give the Lysistrata a chance. Possible connections from baby oil to the Silence of the Lamb's lotion scene make it all worth while.
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