A Conversation for Women in Ancient Athens
manolan Started conversation Jun 22, 2007
I can't help thinking it would have been good to mention Aristophanes' Lysistrata in which the women of Athens, sick of losing their sons to war, withhold their sexual favours until their husbands make peace with Sparta.
Elentari Posted Jun 22, 2007
Ah, I haven't read/seen it.
If anyone wants to post a summary here, that would do since convos are a continuation of the entry.
van-smeiter Posted Jun 22, 2007
Lysistrata is a play by Aristophanes, produced in 411 BC. The eponymous charcter is an Athenian woman who is fed up with the war with Sparta. She organizes the women of both Athens and Sparta to refuse sexual relations with any of the men until the war stopped.
That's probably too brief a description, and Aristophanes wrote comedy, so it's hard to tell how real the prospect of that actually happening would have been, but...
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