More About Lysistrata & Other Plays by Aristophanes; Alan H. Sommerstein
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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