January 2014: Lysistrata & Assembly Women

lysisFor January, we are reading 2 plays.  Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Assembly Women.

Lysistrata is described on amazon.com as:
“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 favors 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.”
Assembly Women (or Assembly of Women among other names) is described as:
“The women of Athens concoct a daring scheme: penetrate the male-dominated Assembly disguised as men and vote themselves into power, after which they will overturn the old laws and inaugurate a new society where all are equal and where property and sex, too! is shared. This new translation of Aristophanes’ last extant play recaptures the spirit, the bawdiness, and the brilliance of this rollicking farce, which is at the same time a profound critique of contemporary Greek customs and manners.”
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