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Lysistrata

[lis-uh-strah-tuh, lahy-sis-truh-tuh] /ˌlɪs əˈstrɑ tə, laɪˈsɪs trə tə/
noun
1.
a comedy (411 b.c.) by Aristophanes.
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  • It is not conceivable that the Lysistrata of Aristophanes could be presented on any public stage in Christendom.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • What is it all about, dear Lysistrata, That you've called the women hither in a troop?

    Lysistrata Aristophanes
  • There is nothing unwholesome or suggestive about the "Lysistrata" designs: they are as as frank, free, and outspoken as the text.

    Aubrey Beardsley Robert Ross
  • For the Lysistrata is a political play, and cannot be discussed profitably apart from its political ideas and arguments.

    Pot-Boilers Clive Bell
  • His first work, Phryn, was produced in 1891, and was followed by an adaptation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

  • The mouths of the heralds of the Lysistrata were set in one curve of comedy throughout the play.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • When two parties are already of one mind, as Lysistrata observes, they are not long in coming to an understanding.

  • The other two plays of Aristophanes in which women figure prominently are the Lysistrata and the Ecclesiazus.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • Lysistrata is the wife of an Athenian magistrate, and has been strongly affected by the ill success of the Peloponnesian War.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
Lysistrata in Culture
Lysistrata [(leye-sis-truh-tuh, lis-uh-strah-tuh)]

An ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes. The title character persuades the women of Athens and Sparta, which are at war, to refuse sexual contact with their husbands until the two cities make peace.

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