CLA219H1 Lecture Notes - Lysistrata, Lemnos, Lysimache

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CLA219H1
Aristophanes Lysistrata
Satirical comment (direct attacks of prominent politicians) ways to end the Peloponnesian war; this is
the old comedy of Athens. A comedic suggestion of how to end the war and its’ outcomes.
Gynaecocracy A rule by women: So this suggestion is that women take over and rule Athens;
Proboulos: an older, well regarded man (413: they make a council to debate shiz before it gets to the
general assembly.)
Lysistrata written in 413 by Aristophanes;
A 400 person oligarchic committee (410 they gave that idea up)
Comedic Idea: Women are on sex strike until they get what they want. It’s difficult – the women want
sex too!
Relating to article: Colombian gangsters face sex ban “The ban of crossed legs”. BBC News
The Lysistrate anti-war project 2003. “Wench War-Fare”, “The only bush I trust is my own”, “Come and
get a peace of me”!
Rakd Konigs Lysistrata a movie. Giant Phallous on the cover.
Performed in 411 (same time as his other play based of the Demeter fall 3 day festival women vs
Euripides)
Two times people performed plays. Festival in Janurary (just for Athenians) and Larger festival for other
cities.
Young women refused sex, old women took the treasury The acropolis. They paralized the oikos and
the polis.
Chorus is split in two. Old men and Old women; Actors who speak (in iambs day to day speech) and
Chorus who sings (in lyric meters). In tragedies actors act and then chorus sings and narrates. Similar
to comedies. Chorus usually isn’t split.
Name Lysistrata meaningful. Stratus strategy; and army. Lys- solving. Therefore: the woman who
solved the war; Possibly an illusion to the priestess as the Athena Polis: Lysimache; (Lysistrata’s assistant
and priestess of Athena Niche similar name) Niche = Athena victory. In cult women did have important
civic functions.
Amazons* They invaded Attica after Theseus raped an Amazonian woman. They invaded but were
repelled.
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Satirical comment (direct attacks of prominent politicians) ways to end the peloponnesian war; this is the old comedy of athens. A comedic suggestion of how to end the war and its" outcomes. Gynaecocracy a rule by women: so this suggestion is that women take over and rule athens; Proboulos: an older, well regarded man (413: they make a council to debate shiz before it gets to the general assembly. ) A 400 person oligarchic committee (410 they gave that idea up) Comedic idea: women are on sex strike until they get what they want. It"s difficult the women want sex too! Relating to article: colombian gangsters face sex ban the ban of crossed legs . Wench war-fare , the only bush i trust is my own , come and get a peace of me ! Performed in 411 (same time as his other play based of the demeter fall 3 day festival women vs.

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