He is represented as suffering an attack of hiccoughs and this might be a humorous reference to the crude physical jokes in his plays. Female characters were played by men but were easily recognized in long, saffron tunics. The informality of the agon draws attention to the absurdity of a classical woman engaging in public debate.
A sculptor who is known to have made a caricature of the satirist Hipponax  he is mentioned here briefly by the Old Men in reference to their own desire to assault rebellious women.
However, it is associated with poetic rhythms and meters that have little relevance to English translations and it is therefore treated in a separate section. The male characters in the play would probably have worn large, erect leather phalluses.
Peace talks commence and Lysistrata introduces the Spartan and Athenian delegates to a gorgeous young woman called Reconciliation.
She expresses pity for the young, childless women, left to grow old at home during the best years of their lives, while the men are away on endless military campaigns, and she constructs an elaborate analogy in which she shows that Athens should be structured as a woman would spin wool.
However, these facts relate almost entirely to his career as a dramatist and the plays contain few clear and unambiguous clues about his personal beliefs or his private life.
Abundant space is devoted to caricaturing the different classes of society, whose outward guise and varying manners do so much to make up the spectacle of life. The butts of the most savage jokes are opportunists who prey on the gullibility of their fellow citizens, including oracle-mongers,  the exponents of new religious practices,  war-profiteers and political fanatics.
Meanwhile, Cinesias, the young husband of Myrrhine, appears, desperate for sex. Lysistrata scolds both sides for past errors of judgement and, after some squabbles over the peace terms and with the naked figure of Reconciliation before them and the burden of sexual deprivation still heavy upon themthey quickly overcome their differences and retire to the Acropolis for celebrations, songs and dancing.
Old Comedy was a highly topical genre and the playwright expected his audience to be familiar with local identities and issues. A description is given of a night in the temple of Aesculapius--prototype of our modern hospital--and one scene presents the secret mysteries of the women, while other religious celebrations--bridal and funeral processions, thank-offerings and consecrations--are constantly used to fill up the scenes.
How many are the things that vex my heart!
Nevertheless, it is clever how Aristophanes, through Lysistrata, reveals the extent to which women are undervalued for their contributions to Athenian society.
An added twist to the gender battle arises from the fact that, although the gender roles were reversed with the women acting like men, to some extent, in taking the political initiative, and the men behaving more like womenin the Greek theatre ALL the actors were actually male anyway. The use of invented compound words is another comic device frequently found in the plays.
The speech in the Acharnians, where he makes Dicaeopolis give serious political advice, minimizes the cause of the war to a quarrel over three harlots; but here he takes care to add that he hates Lacedaemon, and longs for an earthquake to level the proud city with the ground.
The action of an Aristophanic play obeyed a crazy logic of its own and yet it always unfolded within a formal, dramatic structure that was repeated with minor variations from one play to another. Another choral song follows; and, after a bit of humorous dialogue between tipsy dinner guests, the celebrants all return to the stage for a final round of songs, the men and women dancing together.
Social morality, as we have seen, also enters largely into the matter of Greek comedy.Lysistrata is the only one of Aristophanes’ plays to be named after one of its characters.
First performed in BC, the play is set during the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, a war that had been raging for two decades by this point.
Thighs Spread for Democracy: Sex and Politics in Aristophanes’s Lysistrata by Kailey Gardner Sex and politics. These two concepts share a unique history. Lysistrata (/ l aɪ ˈ s ɪ s t r ə t ə / or / ˌ l ɪ s ə ˈ s t r ɑː t ə /; Attic Greek: Λυσιστράτη, Lysistrátē, "Army Disbander") is a comedy by Aristophanes.
Originally performed in classical Athens in BC, it is a comic account of a woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War by denying all the men of the land any sex, which was the.
“Lysistrata” is a bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, first staged in BCE.
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The most definite political topic in Aristophanes is naturally that which touches the life-and-death struggle between the Athenian and Spartan leagues. He is the spokesman of the peace party, and four of his plays are passionate and eloquent pleas for peace.Download