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Lysistrata by Aristophanes
By: (446BC - 385BC)

Lysistrata read by the Classics Drama Company at DePaul. The Classics Drama Company at DePaul is a new gathering of Thespians and Classicists dedicated to performing and understanding ancient literature. If you live in Chicago and attend DePaul University, we welcome new additions to our group. Contact Dr. Kirk Shellko (, if interested.

First performed in classical Athens c. 411 B.C.E., 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.

Lysistrata: Courtney Nehls
Calonice: Natalie Chavez
Myrrhine: Thu Hien Pham
Lampito: Nick Marotta
Stratyllis: Maggie Hogan
Magistrate: Ryan Keifer
Cinesias: Neil Loomis
Spartan Herald: Maggie Hogan
Envoys: Maggie Hogan, Neil Loomis
Athenians: Courtney Nehls, Natalie Chavez, Thu Hien Pham, Nicholas Marotta, Maggie Hogan, Neil Loomis, Kirk Shellko
Chorus of Women: Courtney Nehls, Natalie Chavez, Thu Hien Pham, Maggie Hogan, Neil Loomis
Magistrate: Ryan Keifer
Spartan Herald: Maggie Hogan
Chorus of Old Men: Nicholas Marotta, Ryan Keifer, Neil Loomis, Kirk Shellko, Maggie Hogan
Porter, Market Idlers, etc: Nicholas Marotta, Maggie Hogan, Neil Loomis

Editor: Kirk Shellko

Translator is not named, but Jack Lindsay is commentator and Norman Lindsay is the illustrator.

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Translated from the Greek of


Illustrations by Norman Lindsay


Lysistrata is the greatest work by Aristophanes. This blank and rash statement is made that it may be rejected. But first let it be understood that I do not mean it is a better written work than the Birds or the Frogs , or that (to descend to the scale of values that will be naturally imputed to me) it has any more appeal to the collectors of "curious literature" than the Ecclesiazusae or the Thesmophoriazusae . On the mere grounds of taste I can see an at least equally good case made out for the Birds . That brightly plumaged fantasy has an aerial wit and colour all its own. But there are certain works in which a man finds himself at an angle of vision where there is an especially felicitous union of the aesthetic and emotional elements which constitute the basic qualities of his uniqueness. We recognize these works as being welded into a strange unity, as having a homogeneous texture of ecstasy over them that surpasses any aesthetic surface of harmonic colour, though that harmony also is understood by the deeper welling of imagery from the core of creative exaltation... Continue reading book >>

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