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Monday, October 24, 2005

Lysistrata by Aristophanes (Greek 4th century B.C.)

A racy play about what happens when the women of ancient Greece withhold sex in order to get their men to stop waging war.


  • There's only about 100 pages so it's a very fast read. However, it is kind of difficult to understand so make sure you get a modern translation or you will be very lost. It's a very funny play seeing as how it's about women using sex as their weapon against their husbands. The women decide that they will make their husbands stop the war and come home if they abstain from sexual intercourse until they get their way. The majority of the plot is focused on the battle between the men and women and is finally settled when the men agree to a truce. If you are easily offended by sexual obscenity, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. Otherwise, it is pretty enjoyable, but there is not a lot of helpful sources on the internet.

    By Blogger Aubrey, at 11:47 AM  

  • This book is a short, fast read. Though it's difficult to understand unless you get the modern translation and if have a little bit of interest in reading this get the book as soon as possible because it's pretty difficult to track down. Anyways, this book is a play about a group of athenian & spartan women who are unhappy, because their husbands are away fighting in the war & are not home tending to their needs. So they come up with this huge plan of obstaining from sex, until they decide to end the war. The women drive the men crazy, teasing them etc...Sexual content is a lot of this book but it's not all this book is about, it does deal with a lot about war. If you are interested in greek wars & culture this book is an excellent read. Though if you get offended by sex, it's definitly in your interest to pick a different book, it can get pretty detailed at parts. Though all & all its a fun read with many laughs, though symbols are difficult to find so keep your eye out from the beginning of your reading!

    By Blogger ErinS, at 2:02 PM  

  • Lysistrata, by Aristophanes, was a great book to read. It was a wonderful mix betweem comedy, drama, and romance all wrapped into one fun-to-read book. Although exciting, Lysistrata's main themes are of a sexual nature so if that topic makes you uncomfortable, proceed on to the next book. However, if that material does not offend you I would highly recommend this book. It was an "easy read" which also made the project much more enjoyable. On a scale of 1-10, i give this book an 8.5.

    By Blogger sYdFrOi, at 3:30 PM  

  • Lysistrata by Aristophanes was a really good play. The book is a very quick read, and is a popular book choosen, so i reccomend you purchase your books as soon as possible. This play was an awesome tale about a woman named Lysistrata and her courage to stop the war by withholding sex. This book is not for anyone uncomfortble with saexual content. The play can get graphic at times but is not excessive with it. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any student doing the independent study.

    By Blogger Jenna, at 7:51 PM  

  • Lysistrata, by Aristophanes is a very short read; it is only about a hundred pages, so it readably. It’s a little hard to follow because it is a play and plays are really meant to be read out loud with passion, but if you like a challenge I recommend it. The whole book deals with sex. So I would not read it if this is a touchy topic for you because it is the backbone for the book. It does however, do a good job of making you laugh. The plot deals with the women of Athens calling a meeting for all Greek women to withhold sex from their husbands to stop the Peloponnesian War. The whole conflict is very entertaining. I had a great time reading and working on the presentation. If you finally want to read a whole book for an assignment then this is the book for you.

    By Blogger JGumley, at 9:09 PM  

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