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Summary

Lysistrata is a comedy by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 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 only thing they truly and deeply desired. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace - a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes. 

The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society. Additionally, its dramatic structure represents a shift from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career. 

It was produced in the same year as the Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition. At this time, Greek theater was a profound form of entertainment, which was extremely popular for all audiences as it addressed political issues relevant to that time.

Public Domain (P)2018 Bassett Publishing

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  • 23-02-20

Confusing

For a play with so many different characters, it falls short because there is only one narrator. One cannot tell who is saying what and the story becomes very confusing.

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  • Thrivis
  • 04-06-20

Confusing narration, pops and skips in audio

Note that this is originally a play. This version is performed by one person, so you don't know which person says what. She also seems to run parts said by different characters together quite often, so you also don't always know that the character speaking has changed.

The audio recording isn't great either. There's a few times where the audio skips, and a few other times where there's sound like typing on a keyboard.

Lysistrata is a funny and well imagined piece of ancient performance art, this copy is not a good adaptation of it...

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  • Zachary I Knox
  • 31-03-20

I don't know what the story is

The narrator use the same voice for everyone so it's difficult to determine which character she was being there was no enthusiasm no appropriate pauses no description of the actions taken which is clearly written in the book and italics The overall performance ruined to the story and made it impossible to listen to.

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  • Stephen M. Cox
  • 07-12-21

Brava!

Heffron did her best as one actor to the play. I would have preferred multiple actors for different roles.