Blast from the Past: Lysistrata

Lysistrata by Aristophanes
March 3-4, 2007–80 pages–play (comedy)
411 BC = first known performance in Athens
Recommended indirectly by Ian Mladjov (World Civ prof.)
Borrowed from WCDPL

I was taking notes in World Civs when my prof talked about the ancient Greek comedien Aristophanes. He mentioned Lysistrata as a play in which the women of Athens and Sparta, being tired of their husbands always being at war, staged a sex strike until peace was made. That’s what I found, in a more humorous way than I thought I’d find. It was great! I especially liked the men walking around with erections 🙂 The translation was English I could easily understand, but I’ll never learn Greek so I won’t ever be able to judge how true to the original the translation is.

“Life with women is hell. Life without women is hell, too.” Koryphaios of Men, p73


Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.


2 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Lysistrata

  1. Carl V. says:

    I picked up a copy of this in a used bookstore a few years ago when we were on vacation and keep meaning to read it. It sounds like such a fun book.

  2. I’ve never read this one but it sounds like fun!

    That quote – I wonder if this is where that line, “Women: can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em” originated from? (I can’t remember who first used that line, but I vaguely remember an old 80s movie?)

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