Aristophanes was born, probably in Athens, c. 449 BC and died between 386 and 380 BC. Little is known about his life, but there is a portrait of him in Plato's Symposium. He was twice threatened with prosecution in the 420s for his outspoken attacks on the prominent politician Cleon, but in 405 he was publicly honored and crowned for promoting Athenian civic unity in The Frogs. Aristophanes had his first comedy produced when he was about twenty-one, and wrote forty plays in all. The eleven surviving plays of Aristophanes are published in the Penguin Classics series as The Birds and Other Plays, Lysistrata and Other Plays, and The Wasps/The Poet and the Women/The Frogs.
This rollicking new translation of Aristophanes' comic masterpiece is rendered in blank verse for dialogue and in lyric meters and free verse for the songs. Appended commentary essays-on ancient warfare, classical Greek rationalism, Athenian women, Athenian democracy and the Athenian festivals-offer lively and informative discussions not only of Aristophanes, but of the broader fifth-century social, political, and cultural context as well.
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This play is absolutely fantastic! It uses comedy ingeniously to get across an important point. I was busting out the entire time i was reading it. Origionally it was for a class but i bought it as soon as i got home! Definitely a great peice of classic literature that everyone should read
Dean Goranites of the BookReviewersClub reviewed the book "Lysistrata." This book tells the story of a woman named Lysistrata during the Peloponnesian War. Because she was tired of waiting for her husband to return from war along with all the other women in her village, and because she was getting too old to have children, Lysistrata came up with an idea to end the war. She brought all the women together and held a conference. At the conference, the women decided that in order to stop the war, they would withhold sex from their men. So, they locked themselves up in the Acropolis and told their men that they would get nothing until the war was over. Because of that, the book was great fun. There seems to be a lot of debate on whether this is a feminist book or not. Still, Dean highly recommends reading it. To quote, "It's amazing." All in all, he gave this book 5 stars.