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Aristophanes - Lysistrata

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Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Lysistrata. Lysistrata (/laɪˈsɪstrətə/ or /ˌlɪsəˈstrɑːtə/; Attic Greek: Λυσιστράτη, "Army Disbander") is a comedy by Aristophanes.


Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes. The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society[citation needed].

Additionally, its dramatic structure represents a shift from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career.[2] It was produced in the same year as the Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition. Plot[edit] Lysistrata restores order and she allows the magistrate to question her. Lysistrata. Lysistrata is, in a nutshell, the dirtiest double-entendre you can think of for "nutshell.


" We're not being deliberately provocative here… at least no more than Aristophanes was when he wrote this play. Lysistrata is a nonstop smutfest that goes way beyond innuendo. It goes so far beyond innuendo that there are multiple dude characters walking around on stage with what are politely referred to as "Spartan walking sticks.

" Yup. And those "Spartan walking sticks" are not well hidden. The comedy Lysistrata was first performed in Athens in 411 BCE, and is still performed today to laughs, tears, and applause. In his youth, Aristophanes wrote satirical plays (The Knights, The Clouds) that didn't hesitate to criticize government policies, or prominent government figures. In Lysistrata, Aristophanes combines these two styles for the best of both worlds. Lysistrata is more than just dirty, dirty hilarious fun. It's okay, be honest. Well, think again. That something else is filthiness. Yup. Lysistrata Penguin Guide. Lysistrata Study Guide. Cummings Guides Home .

Lysistrata Study Guide

Plot SummaryBy Michael J. Cummings...© 2004 ........It is 411 BC, the twentieth year of the Peloponnesian War between the rival Greek city states of Athens and Sparta. Weary of the conflict, an Athens housewife, Lysistrata, invites women from the warring regions to assemble at the Acropolis in Athens for an urgent meeting. .......When Cleonice asks the purpose of the meeting, Lysistrata tells her it is of utmost importance. Characters.Lysistrata (acceptable pronunciatons: [1] liss uh STRAH tuh), [2] lih SIS truh tuh, [3] ly SIS truh tuh)Athenian housewife who organizes a strike in which Greek women refuse to have sexual relations with their husbands. Setting. Lysistrata.

Lysistrata Plot Notes.


Character Analysis. Extract Analysis. Comedy. Exam Preparation. Aristophanes' Lysistrata Study Guide. Aristophanes, the great comic dramatist of Athens, wrote the Lysistrata for performance in February 411 BC, probably at the Lenaia.

Aristophanes' Lysistrata Study Guide

The play was written against the backdrop of the final years of the Peloponnesian War (a long and destructive war between Athens and Sparta): Athens had suffered major military setbacks, and shortly after the performance of the play there was an anti-democratic coup in the city which installed a brutal oligarchic regime (the historical background is given in Thucydides' History, book 8). Stage action in Lysistrata, by Professor Chris Carey Aristophanes was first and foremost a dramatist. Though we (mostly) meet him on the page, he wrote with live theatre and a live (and demanding) audience in mind. This is true of tragedy as well as comedy. Lysistrata is a wonderful play for the stage. Aristophanes’ theatre was from a modern perspective minimalist. I start with props, stage objects used or carried by the characters or just located in dramatic space. 1.

Books. Poster lysistrata. Blake Morrison on Aristophanes' Lysistrata. How do you make a play written 2,500 years ago communicate to a 21st-century audience?

Blake Morrison on Aristophanes' Lysistrata

Using the latest technology is one way. Putting the characters in modern dress is another. But sometimes the key lies in a seemingly trivial or random detail - a line in the original text you could easily miss or be tempted to cut, but which eventually becomes central to your attempt to put the play back on the map. Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes in 411BC, has never really been off the map. Peter Hall directed an acclaimed production at the Old Vic in 1993, in a translation by Ranjit Bolt, and it's rare for some version of the play not to appear each summer at the Edinburgh Fringe. These days, it seems less absurd. When I first thought about adapting Lysistrata several years ago, I felt the play needed to do more than draw on such parallels.

It was while I was struggling to work out what to do with the play that I noticed a line in one of the translations on my desk. What on earth was a snood? Lisa's Sex Strike Pack (Modern adaptation of Lysistrata)