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Title: Aristophanes: Lysistrata
Author: Aristophanes, Alan H. Sommerstein (ed)
Publisher: Aris and Phillips; Publication Date: 1990
Paperback; ISBN: 9780856684586
Volumes: 1; Pages: 224
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Lysistrata is the third and last of Aristophanes' peace plays. It is a dream of peace, of how the women could help to achieve an honourable settlement, conceived when Athens was going through its blackest, most desperate crisis since the Persian War. Though in modern times this is perhaps the most popular of his works, it has never before had an English translation that aims to be reliable in detail and that is fully annotated. The Greek text is based on a fuller body of evidence than any previous edition.It is astonishing to think that this play was first performed 2,400 years ago, because of all Aristophanes great comedies, Lysistrata seems to speak most clearly to our own age. It could perhaps be described as the world's first and indeed still the world's feminist drama.