ARISTOPHANES: Lysistrata

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September 25, 2016 by fredrikcoulter

This is the last of the “catch up” entries.  After this, my blog posts should be primarily written as I read.  How this works out?  We’ll see.

Lysistrata is an anti-war play.  The women of Greece, led by Lysistrata, find the one way to stop the ever-lasting wars of Greece.  They’ll go on strike.  No sex until the war is ended.

The problem with this plan is that the women want sex just as much as the men.  So the question is whether the women will remain strong enough to get their way.

One thing I found interesting in both of Aristophanes plays is the strong presence of sex in both plays.  It’s easy to think that the modern generation are the first people to actually talk about sex — we couldn’t have invented it; otherwise there wouldn’t have been a current generation — but the plays are full of it.  Discussions of heterosexual sex.  Discusisons of homosexual sex.  Masturbation.  Etc.  Our openness isn’t anything new.

This work is available through Project Gutenberg.

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