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By David Stuttard

ISBN-10: 1472519957

ISBN-13: 9781472519955

In Aristophanes' Lysistrata, the ladies of Athens, bored stiff with the battle opposed to Sparta, pass on a intercourse strike and barricade themselves into the acropolis to cajole their husbands to vote opposed to the conflict. it's the frequently played of all Aristophanes' comedies. it's also, possibly, the main misunderstood. This choice of essays by way of 8 best lecturers - written for sixth-form scholars and most people alike - units the play firmly in its old and social context, whereas exploring Aristophanes' objective in writing it and contemplating the responses of contemporary audiences and administrators. the gathering has been assembled and edited by means of David Stuttard, whose full of life new appearing model of the play is incorporated during this quantity.

Contributors comprise: Alan Beale; Edith corridor; Lorna Hardwick; James Morwood; Martin Revermann; James Robson; Alan H. Sommerstein; Michael Walton.

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Women are better than men, as I will show … Consider their role in religion, for that, in my opinion, comes first. We women play the most important part, because women prophesy the will of Zeus in the oracles of Phoebus (Apollo). And at the holy site of Dodona near the sacred oak, females convey the will of Zeus to inquirers from Greece. As for the sacred rituals for the Fates and the Nameless Ones, all these would not 30 3. The Many Faces of Lysistrata be holy if performed by men, but prosper in women’s hands.

Indeed, this is admitted within the play itself. After the two hostile choruses of men and women are reconciled and combine into one, they make a series of Magnificent Free Offers to the audience (1043-71, 1188-1215) each of which is neatly nullified in the small print: you’re all invited to dinner – but my front door will be shut; if your children are taking part in a procession, I’m happy for you to borrow all the fancy clothing and jewellery I own – only I don’t own any; my servant has been ordered to hand out sacks of grain to all comers – but if you come anywhere near my door, beware of the dog!

The time for laughter was over. In Karolos Koun’s memorable production of Lysistrata with the Greek Arts Theatre at the World Theatre Season in London in 1969, the play ended with an air raid siren sounding. Everybody on stage scurried for shelter. It was a brilliantly insightful and unfunny, indeed challengingly serious conclusion. Notes 1. Alan H. ), Lysistrata (Warminster: Aris and Phillips, 1990, revised 1998, 2007), 1. 2. Aristophanes and his Theatre of the Absurd (Bristol: Bristol Classical Press, 1990).

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