Lysistrata. Front Cover · Aristophanes. Hackett Publishing, – Literary Criticism – Poet and classicist Sarah Ruden received her Ph.D. in Classics from. Read the full-text online edition of Lysistrata (). Lysistrata. By Aristophanes, Sarah Ruden. No cover image. Lysistrata. By Aristophanes, Sarah Ruden. By Sarah Ruden The University of Cape Town Several weeks ago, I began a translation, or rather an adaption, of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata for the South African .

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It was not a question of victory at any cost any more, but it was a question of trying to bring the war to an end so that Athens would suffer an honourable defeat not that she had been honourable to any of the cities that she had sacked. It is an interesting one and I enjoyed it. This rollicking new translation of Aristophanes’ comic masterpiece is rendered in blank verse for dialogue and in lyric meters and free verse for the songs.

This is not addressed in the play, but the women do more than refuse sexual relations. View all 6 comments.

In the opening scene, Lysistra attempts to convey the importance of her plan to her friend: No wonder that in Providence, not far from my son’s school URIthey did a series of performances of Lysistrata – which audiences loved. He’s not been fed or washed now for six days. There’s nothing in the way now. It would be my top choice if the main objective were a saraj. Is it … big? I have to say I was expecting a completely boring play that seemed to go on and on but boy oh boy was I in for a treat!


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The psychologist had more time to discuss inbreeding but I love my nephewa very topical topic. When translated correctly, it’s really, really funny and engaging. I love this stuff. View all 18 comments. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. In Greek theater parlance, a “comedy” is any play that’s not tragic; but this does have plenty of actual humor, both verbal and situational.

There are a few interesting things that come out of this play, and one of them is the idea that the woman is obsessed with sex.

Please try again later. It was called survey of literary humor- and let me assure you this book was not funny.

Some, however, are pretty damn good at messing with the mind’s of their men: In the search I landed on this book,and my students and I really enjoyed this read. In my experience students enjoy reading Parker, especially aloud, but many can’t get past the notion that translations are supposed to be faithful to the original, and they are disturbed by the license he takes with the actual Greek.

It is a really fun play, you learn about Greek history and feel smart, yey!

Book Review: Lysistrata by Aristophanes Translated by Sarah Ruden

The men are forced to face a war without funding or womanly comfort. Multiple listings for the Lysistrata. Customers who bought this item also bought. Now what story is this you tell? But that is not the same thing. The Spartans being rendered in Scottish vernacular by the translator was a nice touch, but left me struggling a bit with the text. This probably isn’t the worst translation of Lysistrata out there but it’s gotta be down there.


The third essay, “Athenian Women” opens with a grandiose claim: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Ruden’s Lampito is slangy and crude, but then so is almost everyone else in her play. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. At least the Spartan’s don’t have annoying Scottish accents like Jack Lindsay’s translation or Parker’s translation where they sound like hillbillies because that makes a lot of sense, right!? This play can be easily read in an evening, and it is amusing and entertaining as well as thought-provoking.

That would be too vulgar Cinesias: Let the war proceed. By Aphrodite, I’ll do it anyway! I rolled my eyes a bit at that, thinking it was so typical to present sex as something that is important for men but not for women.

Where are you going? Precious, what is eating you? Of course, not all the double entendres are readily apparent to modern readers. Showing of reviews.

As the ruedn description above suggests, this play was written and presented against the background of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta and their respective allies, which included pretty much the whole Greek worldwhich at the time had dragged on for 20 years.