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
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
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
Two times people performed plays. Festival in Janurary (just for Athenians) and Larger festival for other
Young women refused sex, old women took the treasury – The acropolis. They paralized the oikos and
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
Amazons* They invaded Attica after Theseus raped an Amazonian woman. They invaded – but were
repelled. Lemnos – Island of Vulcan: Women offended Aphrodite; she makes them smell awfully. All the other
men took other women – they get pissed and kill off all the men. The Argonauts come and they
reproduce and then the Argonauts leave.
Beginning of the Play: into has to be interesting! A prologue to explain what’s going on. One single figure
to give a monologue