Aristophanes: ''Lysistrata''

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This  English translation of Aristophanes? most popular comedy will appeal to the modern reader because of its lively and imaginative plot, memorable heroine, good jokes, and appeal for peace and tolerance between nations and between the sexes. This edition includes background material on the historical and cultural context of this work, suggestions for further reading, notes, and a map. The Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek ...
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Overview

This  English translation of Aristophanes’ most popular comedy will appeal to the modern reader because of its lively and imaginative plot, memorable heroine, good jokes, and appeal for peace and tolerance between nations and between the sexes. This edition includes background material on the historical and cultural context of this work, suggestions for further reading, notes, and a map. The Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture and the roots of contemporary thought.
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Henderson's Lysistrata is lively, cheerfully vulgar, and genuinely funny…

—Philip Holt, The Classical Outlook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941051026
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1988
  • Series: Focus Classical Library
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 543,916
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Henderson (PhD Harvard) is William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Boston University, and General Editor of the Loeb Classical Library. He is the author of groundbreaking translations and articles on Greek comic dramatists. His other translations for Focus Classical Library include Aristophanes: Frogs (2008), Aristophanes: Acharnians 2e (1992), Aristophanes:Clouds (1993), Aristophanes: Three Comedies: Acharnians, Lysistrata, Clouds (1997), and Aristophanes: Birds (1999).
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Aristophanes’ Lysistrata
CHARACTERS

SPEAKING CHARACTERS

Lysistrata, an Athenian woman Rod, Myrrhine’s husband Calonice, an Athenian wife Spartan Herald Myrrhine, an Athenian wife Spartan Ambassador Lampito, a Spartan woman Athenian Ambassador Magistrate, an Athenian bureaucrat Athenian, friend of the Old Women, three helpers of Lysistrata Ambassador

MUTE CHARACTERS

Athenian Wives Nurse with Rod Foreign Wives Baby with Rod Policewoman with Wives Reconciliation, a naked girl Slaves with Magistrate Spartan Husbands Police with Magistrate Athenian Husbands Athenian Old Women Doorkeeper

CHORUS

Old War-Veterans, twelve Old Wives, twelve

SCENE I
Lysistrata
If I’d invited them to drink some wine or talk about the kids or go out dancing,
you’d hear the sound of high heels everywhere.
But now there’s not a single wife in sight.
Well, here’s my next-door neighbor, anyway.      5
Hi, Calonice.º
Calonice
Hi to you, Lysistrata.
Hey, why the dirty looks? Cheer up, kiddo.
Don’t frown, you’ll wrinkle up your pretty face.
Lysistrata
I’m angry, Calonice, deeply hurt,
in fact offended by the wives, by us,                 10
because, according to our husbands we’re the best at clever schemes—
Calonice
And that’s the truth.
Lysistrata
—but when I tell them all to meet me here,
to scheme about the most important things,
they’re sleeping in and don’t show up.
Calonice
They’ll show.                                                     15
It’s not so easy getting out this early.
We’ve got to do our husbands little favors,
we’ve got to get the servants out of bed,
we’ve got to wash and feed and burp the kids.
Lysistrata
But they’ve got more important things to do      20
than those!
Calonice
OK, Lysistrata, suppose you tell me why we’re meeting here. The deal.
Is it a big one?
Lysistrata
Very big.
Calonice
Not hard as well?
Lysistrata
It’s very hard.

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Table of Contents

ContentsPreface 1
Map of Ancient Greece and Environs 3
Introduction 5
Aristophanes and Old Comedy 5
Lysistrata, and the Events of 411 10
Production 15
General Bibliography 17
Suggestions for Further Reading 18
Theater of Dionysos 19
Lysistrata 21
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