Publisher description for Lysistrata and other plays / translated with an introduction and notes by Alan H. Sommerstein.
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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.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Aristophanes -- Translations into English.
Lysistrata (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
Peace movements -- Drama.
Women and peace -- Drama.