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Lysistrata

Lysistrata by Ranjit Bolt
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Lysistrata is one of the few surviving plays written by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end The Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace — a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes. The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society. The dramatic structure represents a shift away from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career. It was produced in the same year as Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition.
This is a new translation by Ranjit Bolt.

OBERON BOOKS Ltd; December 2005
88 pages; ISBN 9781849439695
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Title: Lysistrata
Author: Ranjit Bolt
 
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9781840026450
9781849439695