I'm going to go ahead and decide Aristophanes secretly agrees with me: Leader of chorus of women Let us set down our water-pots on the ground, to be out of the way, if they should dare to offer us violence. Women, as represented by Calonice, are sly hedonists in need of firm guidance and direction.
Leader of chorus of women Yes, indeed, a nuptial bath — tee hee! Kinesias tells Myrrhine that her child needs her, he needs her and he loves her and Myrrhine pretends to listen to his frustrated pleas. A notoriously effete homosexual and the butt of many jokes in Old Comedy, he receives two mentions here, firstly as a suspected mediator between the Spartans and the Athenian women  and secondly as someone that sex-starved Athenian men are beginning to consider a viable proposition.
But he makes a lot of fart jokes, too, and those are timeless. A great commotion is heard off stage. Lysistrata instructs her to torture him and Myrrhine then informs Kinesias that she can't have sex with him until he stops the war. Here we have the women, who used, for our misfortune, to eat our bread and live in our houses, daring nowadays to lay hands on the holy image of the goddess, to seize the Acropolis and draw bars and bolts to keep any from entering!
Two of you at her, and have done with it! At this point, all of the men have full erections. In a humorous battle, that involves little physical contact, the policemen are scared off.
This was a lot of fun for me - and it's getting the most time here because I'm reading it right now, and realizing as I do that I never really reviewed the rest of them; I've done my best to write capsule reviews of those, but they're not what I'm thinking of at this moment.
With what end in view have they seized the citadel of Cranaus, the sacred shrine that is raised upon the inaccessible rock of the Acropolis? Now, why not first put down our loads here, then take a vine-branch, light it at the brazier and hurl it at the gate by way of battering-ram?
The Commissioner takes the opportunity to tell the men of Athens that they have been too generous and allowed too much freedom with the women of the city.
The Chorus of Old Men commiserates with the young man in a plaintive song. Clean and well thought out. The tragic poet is mentioned briefly  as the source of a ferocious oath that Lysistrata proposes to her comrades, in which a shield is to be filled with blood; the oath is found in Seven Against Thebes.
Lysistrata It's what I was telling you; the women have just occupied the Acropolis. The poet should cover up scandal, and not let anyone see it. In order, the best of these plays: Eventually, he storms off to report the incident to his colleagues, and Lysistrata returns to the Acropolis.
They abused and insulted us; then soused us with the water in their water-pots, and have set us wringing out our clothes, for all the world as if we had bepissed ourselves. Lysistrata's debate with the proboulos magistrate is an unusual agon  in that one character Lysistrata does almost all the talking while the antagonist the magistrate merely asks questions or expresses indignation.
Euripides is more fun. So now, Lampito, you return to Sparta to organize the plot, while your comrades here remain as hostages. The Old Women complain about the difficulty they had getting the water, but they are ready for a fight in defense of their younger comrades.
A famous tyrannicide, he is mentioned briefly here with approval by the Old Men. The play was set at the Dionysiamuch as the original may have been. Bring me a crowbar; I'll chastise their insolence! She has convened a meeting of women from various Greek city states that are at war with each other there is no mention of how she managed this feat and, very soon after confiding in her friend about her concerns for the female sex, the women begin arriving.
The Spartan describes the desperate situation of his countrymen and pleads for a treaty. Second semi-Chorus of old men [singing] It bites my eyes like a mad dog. Lysistrata plans to ask the women to refuse sex with their husbands until a treaty for peace has been signed.
Lysistrata has also made plans with the older women of Athens the Chorus of Old Women to seize the Akropolis later that day. The men plan to smoke the women out of the Akropolis. The play was revived in the National Theatre 's —93 season, transferring successfully from the South Bank to Wyndham's Theatre.
David Brin 's post-apocalyptic novel The Postmanwhich had themes of duty, war, peace, and gender roles, is dedicated: There are many translations of say, Lysistrata, one of the most famous comedies of the ancient world.
Leader of chorus of old men There now, there's our fire all bright and burning, thank the gods! She explains to him the frustrations women feel at a time of war when the men make stupid decisions that affect everyone, and their wives' opinions are not listened to. A Spartan Herald approaches the Akropolis and he, like Kinesias, suffers an erection.Nov 01, · Buy a cheap copy of The Clouds/The Birds/Lysistrata/The book by Aristophanes.
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Whether his target is the war between the sexes or his fellow playwright Euripides, Aristophanes is the most important Greek comic dramatist—and one of the greatest comic playwrights of all time. These four plays (The Clouds, The Birds, Lysistrata, and The Frogs) translated by Arrowsmith, Lattimore and Parker are hilarious!
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