Lysistrata and Other Plays

Lysistrata and Other Plays Writing at the time of political and social crisis in Athens Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist The Achanians is a plea for peace set against the backgr

  • Title: Lysistrata and Other Plays
  • Author: Aristophanes Alan H. Sommerstein
  • ISBN: 9780140448146
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • Writing at the time of political and social crisis in Athens Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist The Achanians is a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war The darker comedy of The Clouds satirizes Athenian phWriting at the time of political and social crisis in Athens Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist The Achanians is a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war The darker comedy of The Clouds satirizes Athenian philosophers, Socrates in particular, and reflects the uncertainties of a generation in which all traditional religious and ethical beliefs were being challenged.For this edition Alan Sommerstein has completely revised his translation of these three plays, bringing out the full nuances of Aristophanes ribald humour and intricate word play, with a new introduction explaining the historical and cultural background to the plays.

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    1. ChronologyIntroduction & NotesFurther ReadingTranslator's NoteNote on the TextPreface to The Acharnians--The AcharniansPreface to The Clouds--The CloudsPreface to Lysistrata--LysistrataNotes

    2. LysistrataNo Peacey,No Pussy!! - or -Make Love or Make War,You can't have both!The women of Greece, tired of war and its devastation, bring their message home to the men, et voilà, the Peace Movement is launched

    3. In The Acharnians a crafty, homely farmer makes a separate peace because he is tired of doing without. In Lysistrata the women of the city-states at war decided they’ve had enough and begin a boycott of sex to compel their husbands and lovers to make peace. In Clouds, a man near financial ruin because of his no-good son’s fondness for luxury decides that a good education by the sophists will help him escape his debts by giving him the power to win any lawsuit. The humor is broad, bawdy to th [...]

    4. "Don't worry, they'll soon give in. No husband can have a happy life if his wife doesn't want him to."Men wage war against each other. Women band together in secrecy. A brilliant plot brings about peace.Lysistrata and Other Plays is a collection of Greek comedies in the style of Old Comedy. Old Comedy is the oldest form of Athenian comedy, and it is the ancient ancestor of the comedy enjoyed by audiences today. Old Comedy uses lampooning and satire to call attention to social or political issues [...]

    5. Lysistrada and Other Plays was an excellent and hilarious play to read with the withholding sex to encourage ceasefire. This is most defiantly a comedy and there were several moments I found myself laughing out loud because of the language and the way the women would use withholding of sex as a tool to try to get their personal political views noticed. The dynamic between the men and women in the choruses also reveals the dependency between the domestic and political lives of the people in Athen [...]

    6. Lysistrata was defiantly an interesting read, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. From the beginning it gets your attention because of all the sex talk lol. The jokes were something else. However that’s what made the story so captivating, the fact that these ladies used sex to get what they wanted was funny to me because till this day women still use that strategy. It did make me think about Aristophanes, and how or what he was thinking when he wrote this. The story’s plot line was ea [...]

    7. As has been pointed out to me repeatedly over the years, my twelfth grade honors curriculum is pretty heavy on tragedies. Toying with the idea of rewriting the course to include some comedies, I read Lysistrata, something I've been meaning to do for years. Probably not the best choice for high school seniors, what with all the exaggerated erect phalluses and all (in the play, that is). Strange choice by this translator, too, to render the speech of the Spartans as a Scottish dialect.

    8. Such a fantastic play! Hilarious sexual jokes on every page, and so refreshing to have an ancient play where the main characters are women- clever women, wily women, funny women, women who can fight men and come off the better. Only the men are the real butts of the jokes, and most are made out to be foolish brutes who stumble around waving their swords (wink) blindly.

    9. Love – or at least lust – wins out over war in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata; everybody knows that. But what stands out about this Penguin Books edition of Lysistrata is the way in which Lysistrata is brought together with two other, perhaps lesser-known plays from Aristophanes’ canon, all of which are united by the way in which the great Athenian comic dramatist uses comedy to confront the society of his time. Two of these plays -- Lysistrata itself and The Acharnians -- provide trenchant co [...]

    10. I'm slowly working my way through the Ancient Greek play writes and I have read Aeschylus and Sophocles but not Euripides. Aristophanes is my first comedic Greek play write and likely to be my last because he is the only one that survives. This volume contains Lysistrata, The Archanians and the Clouds. There quality varies although all are good. I would give The Archanians 4 stars, The Clouds 4 1/2 starts but Lysistrata 5 stars because it is by any stretch of the imagination a brilliant piece of [...]

    11. I picked this up at a used book store (in impressive condition) simply out of curiosity: I'd read Plato's Symposium, and loved Aristophanes' speech on love, so how were his actual plays?I guess the short answer is that they don't hold up entirely today. It's incredibly local humour, which makes total sense given the context surrounding these plays - and, after all, he's writing for a particular audience. Plus, so little humour is universal, though he's found some of it: I hope you like sex jokes [...]

    12. This was my first foray into Ancient Greek theater, and I have to say it was thoroughly enjoyable. All three of these plays were funny and fascinating looks into the attitudes, speech, and ways of life in Athens at a particularly potent stage of its history. While many of the contemporary jokes and references won't make sense without flipping to the end of the book to read all the notes, I don't feel that this really detracted too much from the experience (it would have been much better if they [...]

    13. I read "Lysistrata", but the other two works in this Penguin collection, I'm sorry to say, never engaged me. I'm sure there would be more to pull me in in the original language, but alas, I'm not that interested in comedy plays in English that aren't a great deal more complex. I realize that I don't get more than half of the references in any of the plays, but they are broad farces either way, so not particularly my thing. I will say of Alan H. Sommerstein's translation that it is 100% modern. I [...]

    14. 3.75 stars. I first heard of Aristophanes at some point in high school, while studying something cheerful like Antigone or Medea during VCE. And in comparison, Greek comedy sounded like a hell of a lot of fun, which is why I figured I may as well add some to my Classics Club list, especially after hearing Lysistrata referred to as essentially a feminist story.This collection started with The Achanians, which is essentially arguing for peace during a long war with Sparta. Next came The Clouds, wh [...]

    15. Old Comedy is particularly difficult to get into. Unlike Greek tragedy of the same period - which almost invariably takes a popular myth and adds a newfangled spin - comedy is full to the brim with references, in-jokes and witticisms that are impossible to translate into English. Nonetheless, Alan Sommerstein does a fantastic job of modernising three of Aristophanes' most successful plays, at least in modern eyes.The Acharnians is a lighthearted tale focusing on one man's selfish ideals for peac [...]

    16. The first time I studied Lysistrata I was a sophomore in high school and it was part of a Humanities course. I remember watching another Greek play done "traditionally" and literally having to remember to close my mouth, I was staring slack-jawed in amazement at the screen and thinking it was one of the most bizarre, intense pieces of theater I'd ever witnessed, the play we were actually reading was kind of lost to that visual experience. Probably the last time I read it was my freshman year in [...]

    17. Oh so many dick jokes. So, so many dick jokes. The first play, "Acharnians," is a fairly forgettable hodgepodge, but this volume shines with "Clouds" and "Lysistrata" (the latter being my favorite of the whole lot). This is my first stint reading Aristophanes, and I am not at all disappointed. Due to the enormous number of notations, I would highly suggest the reader ignore these for the initial read-through, unless really spurred to understand a joke or reference (of which there are an absurd a [...]

    18. This book contains 3 plays: The Acharnians, a play dealing with the conflict between Athens and Sparta and the need for resolution;Clouds, a black comedy that mercilessly skewers Socrates and his school of philosophy; & Lysistrata, the raunchy classic in which the women of Greece refuse to grant any sexual favors until their men end the Peloponnesian War.Anyone trying to translate the plays of Aristophanes has his work cut out for him. Puns are hard to convey from one language to another, an [...]

    19. This is the first set of Attic comedy that I've read, though we looked at passages of Lysistrata in high school. I loved this so much more than I thought I would. The Acharnians was funny, and Lysistrata was interesting and amusing from a gender point of view (women all over Greece pledge to deprive their men of sex until the men agree to make peace and end the war), but The Clouds was what won it for me. The writing was just so funny, and the characters so ridiculous, I was laughing out loud ev [...]

    20. I didn't really like these plays as much as I have enjoyed some of the Greek tragedies; interestingly my favourite was The Clouds, which is the most tragic of the three.The most interesting observation to come out of these was how much of what would be considered gross-out humour in modern times they had. Fart-jokes, poop-jokes, and sex-jokes all abound; Lysistrata has two groups of old folk (one of men and one of women) have a battle-of-the-sexes in song, in which their genitalia feature heavil [...]

    21. Hilarious. Whenever I read 'The Acharnians' I can't but see the Monty Python troupe boxing up the sycophant and Jon Stewart announcing the parabasis.What must be realized to start though, is that much of these plays' humour, and the moral/political aims of that humour can not truly be understood without some descent amount of background study on 5th c. Greece first. For example, recognizing that Aristophanes' teasing jokes towards his friend Socrates in 'The Clouds' would later be misconstrued b [...]

    22. This is so far removed from anything I would ever choose to read I was presently surprised to find myself actually enjoying it. I read 'The Clouds' as a university set text. It's intelligently funny, which is often hard to find in any modern texts. That said, it was actually rather base humour for the time I believe. I ultimately read the remaining two plays for the fun of it. (Though Clouds appealed to me most)I have nothing profound to say about any of the plays though to be honest. I just enj [...]

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