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Aristophanes’ Lysistrata is the original battle of the sexes. One woman, Lysistrata, brings together the women of all Greece, exhorting them to withhold sexual contact from all men in order that they negotiate a treaty. Double entendres abound as men of Greece attempt to keep Lysistrata and her prurient gang from putting an end to the Peloponnesian war. Notably risqué, this comic drama sheds light on gender relations in ancient Athens.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Athenians:
Always too late. Why, there's not a woman
From the shoreward demes arrived, not one from Salamis.


I know for certain they awoke at dawn,
And got their husbands up if not their boat sails.


And I'd have staked my life the Acharnian dames
Would be here first, yet they haven't come either!


Well anyhow there is Theagenes' wife
We can expect--she consulted Hecate.
But look, here are some at last, and more behind them.
See ... where are they from?


From Anagyra they come.


Yes, they generally manage to come first.



Are we late, Lysistrata? ... What is that?
Nothing to say?


I've not much to say for you,
Myrrhine, dawdling on so vast an affair.


I could. . . Read More

Community Reviews


Some Greek men, you’ll discover,
Being a lesser lover
Than a renderer of war,
Treat their wives much like a whore.

So one day, Lysistrata,
Equipped with all the data,
Reckoned upon a tactic
To withhold love climactic.

She aimed to end all conflict
With some cohorts she had picked,
To flaunt breasts

Today Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike in response to Georgia's abortion ban, which raises two questions: 1) Alyssa Milano is still a thing?! and 2) Haven't I heard this before? I can help with the second thing. Milano got it from Aristophanes, who in 411 BC invented the sex strike and, for all

Love this book second time around.

This is one of my favorite stories out there. I first read this in high school or college, I don't remember. I then bought the book. It's such a great idea.

Women are unhappy with how things are going in their town, so they come together and decide to withhold sex f

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