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Lysistrata and Other Plays: The Acharnians, the Clouds, Lysistrata
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Three plays by the comedian of Ancient Greece
Writing at the time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. The Achanians is a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta. In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war. The darker comedy of The Clouds satirizes Athenian philosophers, Socrates in particular, and reflects the uncertainties of a generation in which all traditional religious and ethical beliefs were being challenged.
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Little is known about Aristophanes’ life (c. 445BC-c.386BC), but there is a portrait of him in Plato’s Symposium. His first comedy was produced when he was 20 and he wrote 40 plays in the course of his life.
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