Lysistrata and Other PlaysBook - 2002
Three plays by the comedian of Ancient Greece
Writing at the time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. The Achanians is a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta. In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war. The darker comedy of The Clouds satirizes Athenian philosophers, Socrates in particular, and reflects the uncertainties of a generation in which all traditional religious and ethical beliefs were being challenged.
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In Lysistrata and The Archarnians, politics as usual takes a backseat to the machinations of, respectively, a group of women and a single peasant, while The clouds takes satiric aim at the philosophers of Athens.