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Aristophanes' comic masterpiece of war and sex remains one of the greatest plays ever written. Led by the title character, the women of the warring city-states of Greece agree to withhold sexual favours with their husbands until they agree to cease fighting. The war of the sexes that ensues makes Lysistrata a comedy without peer in the history of theatre.
Paperback, 132 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published -411)
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Seth
Jun 20, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate this book because I got arrested on account of it. I was at the University of Texas' Perry Castaneda Library and it got lost amidst the shuffled stack of books which I dumped into my backpack when I left.

Exiting the library the sensor went off.

Sorry, I forgot to check it out. No big deal, happens all the time.

But the Department of Collegiate Fascism, aka the UTPD, are required to file a report. Bored from arresting 19-year-olds for walking down the street half drunk they show up like it
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Duane
How old is the idea of women withholding sex from men to get what they want? Well, apparently as far back as 405 BC, because that's what happens in this hilarious (and bawdy) Greek comedy. In this play it was "en masse"' with the singular purpose of bringing peace between the warring Athenians and Spartans. Did it work? Well, what do you think?
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ian by: Bird Brian
Lysistrata

Some Greek men, you’ll discover,
Being a lesser lover
Than a renderer of war,
Treat their wives much like a whore.

So one day, Lysistrata,
Equipped with all the data,
Reckoned upon a tactic
To withhold love climactic.

She aimed to end all conflict
With some cohorts she had picked,
To flaunt breasts and nothing hide,
Though, ‘til peace, men were denied.

Males came with their pricks erect,
Revealed for all to inspect,
Still their wives rejected them,
Until war they would condemn.

So the violence did dec
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Praj
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: phanes
It had been quite awhile since I contemplated over any books let alone penning a critical appraisal on Goodreads. It was tough trying to get words out of the overwhelming emotional vortex; an obstinate ketchup bottle ignoring the need of a fried potato for the tangy goodness. So, when Brian suggested a group reading of Lysistrata, I was a bit apprehensive. A Greek playwright crossing the dreaded course of fallen heroic tragedies; even more remorse to my cerebral coma; not a luxurious indulgence ...more
Jenny
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Σκληρός πολιτικός σχολιασμός μέσω του χιούμορ.Δυναμικές γυναίκες που υποστηρίζουν τη θέση τους στην κοινωνία και το δικαίωμα να έχουν λόγο στις αποφάσεις.Βαθιά αντιπολεμικό.Εξαιρετικό!
Αν έχετε μια κάποια άνεση με τα αρχαία ελληνικά,δοκιμάστε να διαβάσετε το αρχαίο κείμενο παράλληλα με τη μετάφραση,αξίζει πραγματικά.Μου πήρε το διπλάσιο χρόνο να το τελειώσω,αλλά χάρηκα τη μαστοριά του Αριστοφάνη!
Liz Janet
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
TV Commercial: Does your husband and the men of Athens just want to wage war? Do they ignore your pleas for peace no matter how long the Peloponnesian War has been going on? Tired of your men's stupid decisions in such a trying time? Do you wish to end it? Well women of Athens, you are in luck, we have the solution for you, withhold sex from your husbands and lovers, that will bring them back with their tails between their feet and a signed peace document.
Women of Athens: Would that not just cr
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Pink
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was hilarious. Women withholding sex until all the men stopped the war. What an imaginative idea. I especially liked how the women fought against their own desires despite being in heat. Several laugh out loud moments for me.
Leajk
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: men, women, war monglers, pacifists
In the introductory note in my edition a Mr. Crofts mentions that the play "is notorious for its racy, almost pornographic humor". I'd say that this seems to be a bit of an overstatement.

Surely it is not that much more racy than say a William Shakespeare play or for that matter The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights? It is really all talk and no action. Surely we as modern readers can handle that? (And would anyone living in 1994, the date of this edition, really consider this
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Dagio_maya
“Non esistono al mondo creature più sfrontate delle donne.” - (v. 369)

La guerra ventennale tra Atene e Sparta è diventata logorante per tutti ma gli uomini sono ciechi e sordi di fronte alla ragione e se nessuno li ferma continueranno a trucidarsi.
La scena si apre proprio su Lisistrata (” inquieta passeggiando dinanzi alla casa” ) che attende le altre donne chiamate a raccolta e alle quali vuole comunicare l’estrema decisione:
” (…) bisogna astenersi dal bischero (…) .

Di fronte a tale richie
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Mike
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't be surprised if Lysistrata was the first sex comedy (that's a genre, right?). Sex (or lack there of ) drives the plot and innuendos abound:

Lysistrata: But I tell you, here's a far more weighty object.
Calonice: What is it all about, dear Lysistrata, that you've called the women hither in a troop? What kind of object is it?
Lysistrata: A tremendous one!
Calonice: And long?
Lysistrata: Indeed, it may be very lengthy.
Calonice: Then why aren't they here?
Lysistrata: No Man's connected with it;
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Ana
Why do we live under the impression that the Greeks were such serious philosophers, when one of their favorite past-time was listening to dick jokes? I loved this, I do enjoy the occasional dick joke. One has to read this and play it in one's mind at the same time...
Yann


Lysistrata est l'une des plus célèbres pièces d'Aristophane. A l'époque où il l'écrivit, la cité Athénienne est dans une situation critique, le désastre de l'invasion de la Sicile ayant précipité la défection de nombres d'alliés, et enhardi les Spartiates à s'approcher toujours plus de l'Attique. Toujours partisan de la paix et fustigeant les va-t-en guerre, Aristophane imagine un scénario rocambolesque digne de l'ambiance Dionysiaque des fêtes pendant lesquelles la pièce était jouée: Lysistrata
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david
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays-drama
In the beginning, G-d created the heavens and the earth.

A short time thereafter, he created Adam, and from Adam, Eve.

Then there was nature.

Then some decorating.

It was then time to enact society, of which, it was decided by G-d, would be left to the people wandering around.

A Civilization was forming…

Soon after that first very hectic week, a philosopher appeared. What was unusual about him was his decidedly German accent, thousands of years before there was a Frankfurter.

But philosophy can be dry,
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Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
As you can see, there are no highlighted stars for this review. The reason for this is not because I loathed the play, but simply because I have read three different translations of Lysistrata, each unique in translation. If you read what appears to be a bad translation of the play, then that is not the fault of Aristophanes, but of the translator(s). With that being said, instead of one rating to finalize it, I am posting three ratings and reviews, one for each translation I have read; from the ...more
Werner
Apr 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of literature, theater history, or ancient history
Shelves: plays, classics
After listing this on my "read" shelf for years, I discovered last month that the "translation" I read as a teen was actually a very free adaptation, which only loosely resembles what Aristophanes actually wrote. Naturally, I wanted to correct that mistake; and since I was looking for a short read right now, and had promised a Goodreads friend that I'd soon review the actual play, I worked it in over the past couple of days. Note: the above Dover edition is not actually the one I read; I read th ...more
Afro Madonna
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me after reading this play and being in love with every aspect of it and how it portrays women assuming the "supposed" roles of men without even lifting a finger, beautifully :
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I have to say I was expecting a completely boring play that seemed to go on and on but boy oh boy was I in for a treat! This play was funny and lewd as hell and completely timeless. It is a really quick read and you will not waste your time if you decide to read it. On my damn word.
David Sarkies
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love old comedy
Recommended to David by: My Classic lecturer
Shelves: comedy
Staging a sex strike
12 January 2013

Ignoring the crudeness of the play (and remember that Shakespeare himself was quite crude) and the naked men running around with giant erect peni (is that the plural of penis?) what this play seems to be about is the empowerment of women (which is probably why the feminists love it so much). Mind you the only woman in this play that seems to have the willpower to see it through to the end is Lysistrata herself, but then that is probably why she is the leader.
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Glen
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ancient Greek play about women trying to the end the Trojan War by abstaining from sex. It's a classic for a reason...

This particular translation did little for me. I find the older, more archaic English holds more power than the modern vernacular.
Yuki Shimmyo
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one--not this Douglass Parker translation.
This modern translation by Douglass Parker is HORRENDOUS! Got it, the Athenians consider the Spartan Lampito a country bumpkin, but I can not read another line of "Shuckins, whut fer you tweedlin'me up so? I feel like a heifer come fair-time." in this CLASSIC drama. Harumph!

Douglass Parker's footnote for "I calklate so" is "In employing a somewhat debased American mountain dialect to render the Laconic Greek of Lampito and her countrymen, I have tried to evoke something like the Athenian attitud
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Amanda
This was hilarious. Greek comedy where all the women get together to end war. How? by withholding sex and controlling the money (war fund). Some laugh out loud moments but also some serious messages.
Ana Rînceanu
original read: 2010

Whether it's the original version or a modern adaptation, you need to see this play live to appreciate its transcending humor.
Laura لاورا
“Non sono che una donna, ma possiedo la ragione. ” (v. 1124)

Mi sono sempre domandata che cosa sarebbe accaduto se il governo del mondo, fin dagli albori dell’umanità, fosse stato nelle mani delle donne invece che in quelle degli uomini. I popoli si sarebbero scannati vicendevolmente così come si è verificato nel corso della storia? Le guerre avrebbero scandito in modo altrettanto inevitabile le vicende del genere umano?
È difficile rispondere perché, anzitutto, si deve riconoscere che se da un la
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Trish
This was such a comic relief after weeks of Homer. This play is lighthearted and funny, though it deals with several important subjects. If it weren't on my syllabus, I probably wouldn't have heard of it for a long while. But I'm glad I got a chance to read it, though I'd be interested in getting hold of a more traditionally translated edition. I'm not sure I loved the liberties this translator took with the text.
Sita
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Greek Theatre or fans of Play's
Recommended to Sita by: My Ancient History Teacher
Shelves: own, reviewed, classic
This is an interesting one. I read it when my Ancient History teacher recommended it to me. I enjoyed it although I didn't love it. It is about a bunch of women who withhold sex from their husbands until they stop going to war. It is an interesting one and I enjoyed it. I would recommend it to fans of the Greek Theatre or people who enjoy reading good plays. Because this is a good one.
Bruce
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lysistrata is one of Aristophanes’ anti-war plays, written during Athen’s involvement in the seemingly interminable Peloponnesian War. In the years since then it has proved one of his most enduringly popular, sometimes interpreted and presented in modern times as a pacifist work, sometimes as a feminist play. The title character is a woman of strong convictions who, tired of the war, its cost, and the continual absence of men at the front, organizes the women of all the combatant city states to ...more
Leni Iversen
The introduction by Jack Lindsay I couldn't comprehend, but the play itself I quite enjoyed. The Spartans being rendered in Scottish vernacular by the translator was a nice touch, but left me struggling a bit with the text.

I only knew this as the comedy where the women go on a sex strike in order to stop the Peloponnesian war. I rolled my eyes a bit at that, thinking it was so typical to present sex as something that is important for men but not for women. How wrong I was! The women in this play
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Sheila
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating play. Either Aristophanes was a man ahead of his time, or women in Ancient Greece were not the way I had previously learned they were.

Lysistrata is a woman who knows here mind, a woman confident in her sexuality, a woman who has her own thoughts and ideas about what is happening in her world, and she is going to do something with these ideas. She is tired of war, and she is going to stop it. Her friends are confident, sexually secure women. These are not timid women in arrang
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Leslie
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This play from ancient Greece still is an amusing look at male-female relations & has some slyly witty pokes at the causes of war. In the play, Athens is at war with Sparta. Lysistrata convinces women from both city-states that together they can bring peace by denying the men sex until the men agree to a peace treaty! And of course, it doesn't hurt that the women also seize control over the war treasury.
Kitty
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I get a perverse kick out of the fact that I can share a hearty laugh about someone's genitals with someone a thousand years ago. The fact that both myself and a stadium full of men in ancient Greece were laughing about the same things has an unnatural appeal to me. Almost enough to forget the fact that we were undoubtedly laughing for very different reasons.

It's interesting to see how audiences now react to this play in contrast to how it was originally meant to be viewed. In the twenty first c
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❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️
Read for a college history class.

Lysistrata is a play about a woman who rallies up a group of other females, the Athenians, because she is against the war. This was a satire of the times and it's actually pretty hilarious.
The ladies gang up and start a chastity rally of sorts - none of them will have sex with their husbands. They even go as far as to tease them so that the men will quit fighting the war.
All in all, this play was a funny way of expressing both the political and family aspect of
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Aristophanes (Greek: Αριστοφάνης; c. 446 BCE – c. 386 BCE) was a playwright of ancient Athens.

About 11 of his works are known in full, and they are the only plays of the "Old Comedy" style to have survived. They are The Acharnians, The Birds, The Clouds, The Ecclesiazusae, The Frogs, The Knights, Peace, Plutus (Wealth), The Thesmophoriazusae, and The Wasps. These plays have been translated into m
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“What matters that I was born a woman, if I can cure your misfortunes? I pay my share of tolls and taxes, by giving men to the State. But you, you miserable greybeards, you contribute nothing to the public charges; on the contrary, you have wasted the treasure of our forefathers, as it was called, the treasure amassed in the days of the Persian Wars. You pay nothing at all in return; and into the bargain you endanger our lives and liberties by your mistakes. Have you one word to say for yourselves?... Ah! don't irritate me, you there, or I'll lay my slipper across your jaws; and it's pretty heavy.” 21 likes
“[Y]ou [man] are fool enough, it seems, to dare to war with [woman=] me, when for your faithful ally you might win me easily.” 16 likes
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