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Lysistrata. Front Cover · Aristophanes. Hackett Publishing, – Literary Criticism – Poet and classicist Sarah Ruden received her Ph.D. in Classics from. Read the full-text online edition of Lysistrata (). Lysistrata. By Aristophanes, Sarah Ruden. No cover image. Lysistrata. By Aristophanes, Sarah Ruden. By Sarah Ruden The University of Cape Town Several weeks ago, I began a translation, or rather an adaption, of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata for the South African .

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The reference here is to the fact that the women give birth to the warriors and the men then pretty much send them out to get killed. The most egregious example of this comes at the end of the play, in the last duden speech made by the now united chorus of men and women.

Lysistrata, by Aristophanes 1 19 Jan 09, Can sex be really used as a weapon by ladies of all societal strata? Now what story is this you tell?

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Women sorting the men out, more than years ago. In the final portion of this review, I wish to point out what I consider to be minor flaws in the translation itself. There’s no real suggestion of foreignness. They shrieked for hours and then for days. I know some people absolutely love this translation of the play; and to it’s credit, the translator of course does have some backup.

I’d as soon lie on the grass Myrrhine: Plato Symposium Hackett Classics. Her Spartan ambassador is indistinguishable from his Athenian counterpart.

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There’s even a part where a Spartan soldier references Freud. Now Athens was basically defenceless, the Spartans were on her doorstep, and most of her allies had deserted her.

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It may be the first recorded instance of women withholding sex in order to get their way. She is tired of war, and she is going to stop it. I’ll come right back This is exactly what feminists keep talking about, the difficulty of uniting women for a cause, the difficulty of combining sisterhood with family, and this was written around years ago! In other words its like a sex strike! Sep 13, Pink rated it really liked it.

The comedienne, a female naturally, was strolling around Eden when she bumped into Adam. Ruden’s Cinesias exclaims, “Shit!

Men will have it we are tricky and sly To see what your friends thought of rudden book, please sign up. I’m not sure that this approach serves her all that well, but it does allow her to end with a quote from A. This play can be read in one sitting.

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As for just the translation if you ignore all this modern BS in a 5th century society? I would say this play is a bit lysistratta to men, not as much as women, but it does dictate that men cannot function unless their penis is inside someone’s vagina.

They had no political power and were expected to have no political opinions, either. In spite of all the sex riden joking, the play does have a few good messages: Multiple listings for the Lysistrata 3 19 May 09, But this is the lobby of a large student library and I am surrounded by my fellow students, all of us dutifully studying on a Tuesday night.

Book Review: Lysistrata by Aristophanes Translated by Sarah Ruden

lyzistrata Probably comes as close to capturing what we know of Athenian “humor” as any translation I’ve read. It also means it most likely the crudest one that exists at this point, but that’s what also makes it better; for the original play written in Ancient Greek was very crude and did not shy away from sexual matters and foul language.

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See all reviews. The anti-war message, and the reminders to both sides that they have reason to feel gratitude, not enmity, to the other, comes through loud and clear, and I give Aristophanes a lot of kudos for that. Although, this is one of those Ancients that they trot out on a regular basis here in Cyprus – it’s a comedy.

I pay my share of tolls and taxes, by giving men to the State. It should not prejudice my voice that I’m not born a man, If I say something advantageous to the present situation. This cannot possibly backfire. Return to Book Page. I don’t want them dear. And if they mount, the Knights they’ll rob of a job, for everyone knows how talented they all are in the saddle, having long practiced how to straddle Does your husband and the men of Athens just want to wage war?

I loved how strong-willed and confident she was instead of being more lenient and Nevertheless some readers will no doubt feel that she goes too far. It was tough trying to get words out of the overwhelming emotional vortex; an obstinate ketchup bottle guden the need of a fried potato for the tangy goodness.