Lysistrata

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Writers: Aristophanes Alan H. Sommerstein

Context

Lysistrata was first performed in Ancient Greece in 411 BC. It stems from the middle section of Aristophanes’ career, when he was beginning to move away from the theatrical conventions of Old Comedy. It is best known today as one of the earliest analyses of sexual relations and societal expectation in a male-dominated society. Around 411 BC, Greek theatre was an extremely popular form of entertainment as it spoke to the common man and tended to address political issues of the time. Lysistrata was first produced two years after Athens’ defeat in the Sicilian Expedition (415-413 BC).

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