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The Assembly-Women by Aristophanes

The Assembly-Women

by Aristophanes

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"The Assembly of Women," or, "Ecclesiazusae," reminded me very strongly of my favorite Aristophanes, "Lysistrata." If you loved that play as much as I did, you will enjoy this one as well.

The first scene starts off with a group of wives in Ancient Athens stealing their husband's clothes and setting off to speak at the male-only Assembly. Their novel ideas, which concern land ownership, equality, and even sex, are met with a mixture of both outraged indignation and curious popularity.

This play was very fun, and I loved the spirited, mischievously intelligent women. I cannot leave out their husbands - exaggeratedly slow witted, they were hilarious.

Aristophanes is perhaps the world's first champion of women's rights, and he puts his ideas into comedy very well. ( )
1 vote joririchardson | Jan 17, 2011 |
Extraordinary translation of one of the latest works by Aristophanes. The accuracy showed in rendering the original text makes this edition one of the best ever. ( )
  Adalberht | May 11, 2009 |
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Aristophanesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barrett, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dolen, Hein vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fitts, DudleyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gessel, Henk vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, DouglasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sommerstein, Alan H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0198141912, Hardcover)

Ecclesiazusae, probably produced in 391 BC, is at once a typically Aristophonic fantasy of gender inversion, obscenity and farce, the earliest surviving work in the western Utopian tradition, and the source of a blueprint for a communist society on which Plato may well have drawn in his Republic.

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"The women of Athens take over and distribute all property according to need. This play was produced after Athens' fall and does not display the comic freedom of Aristophanes' earlier works" --Provided by publisher.

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