by Aristophanes


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Lysistrata is an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. It is a comic account of a woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any sex, which was the only thing they truly and deeply desired.

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ISBN-13: 9781713431022
Publisher: Independently published
Publication date: 01/08/2020
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Manchester in 1959, Ranjit Bolt was educated at Perse School and at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked as an investment analyst and advisor for eight years, before concentrating on theatre translation from the end of 1990. Ranjit Bolt's acclaimed translations for the theatre include works by Molière, Seneca, Sophocles, Corneille, Beaumarchais, Brecht, Goldoni and Zorilla.

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Aristophanes’ Lysistrata


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


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


Old War-Veterans, twelve Old Wives, twelve


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
Hi to you, Lysistrata.
Hey, why the dirty looks? Cheer up, kiddo.
Don’t frown, you’ll wrinkle up your pretty face.
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—
And that’s the truth.
—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.
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.
But they’ve got more important things to do      20
than those!
OK, Lysistrata, suppose
you tell me why we’re meeting here. The deal.
Is it a big one?
Very big.
Not hard as well?
It’s very hard.

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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Lysistrata 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TLUProf More than 1 year ago
Free is pretty worthless if you can't read bad OCR text and/or French. This was useless to me. If you ask me, Google needs to get some better text recognition software--I doubt even a native French speaker could make much sense of this mess.
Squish_K More than 1 year ago
don't bother downloading unless you wish to read this in French.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this! For the first time a modish modern translation works--for about two pages it's jarring for characters in Aristophanes to call each other "baby" and whatnot, and then you're like, oh yeah, this is the only way it could have been. The only way to get across the rollicking hilarity. I esteem a play that can treat love like war and put on a gay show for Athenians desperate for something to cheer about, and still raise spirits two thousand years later. And yeah, yeah, women and men, and women have to be the men because there are no real men that can end the war, and feminist readings and pacifism v. good and bad wars, I get all that. But I don't have anything profound to say about it really--just that I loved every moment and want to see it performed super bad. "It's not the heat, it's the tumidity." Good lord.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This short, comical play written in Ancient Greece is one of the first comedies ever written. I would advise seeing the play in accompaniment to reading it, because it is much funnier if you are able to visualize it.The play is basically about women who use the only power they possess in Ancient times - their beauty and sexuality, to dominate men. Until their husbands agree to make peace and end the war in their country, the women decide to deny their husbands sex.It is a witty, funny play that is quite brief and easy to read as well.
beau.p.laurence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is great -- if you have an opportunity to see it performed, GO! Men refuse to stop making war, so women refuse to sleep with them. Guess which side can hold out longer?
dgrayson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A hysterical play about how women from 2 cities decide to end their husbands' war by withholding sex till the war ends.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
BookReviewersClub More than 1 year ago
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.
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