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Lysistrata [Kindle Edition]

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“[Full of] delirious and scabrous wit.”
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Designed for school districts, educators, and students seeking to maximize performance on standardized tests, Webster’s paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of Lysistrata by Aristophanes was edited for students who are actively building their vocabularies in anticipation of taking PSAT®, SAT®, AP® (Advanced Placement®), GRE®, LSAT®, GMAT® or similar examinations.

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  • File Size: 131 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438279876
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00847HQJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bawdiest anti-war play ever. December 4, 2009
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Aristohanes had the perfect solution to stopping war. And this is it. All the women of Athens lock themselves into the temple of Athena and refuse to come out until their men stop their war.
The troupe I was with were criticized severely for presenting this ancient comedy. It's as funny and as bawdy as anyone wishes. Many of Shakespeare's plays are as bawdy if presented that way. it good adult fun if produced correctly, and a great read.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shameless December 5, 2010
By Acacia
I get a perverse kick out of the fact that I can share a hearty laugh about someone's genitals with someone a thousand years ago. The fact that both myself and a stadium full of men in ancient Greece were laughing about the same things has an unnatural appeal to me. Almost enough to forget the fact that we were undoubtedly laughing for very different reasons.

It's interesting to see how audiences now react to this play in contrast to how it was originally meant to be viewed. In the twenty first century Lysistrata has been elevated to the point of feminist masterpiece and yet during its time it was written to show that the war was so insensible that even a woman knew it. Ow. Well, no matter, chauvinistic punch line at the end or not that does very little to diminish the fact that this is one hell of a funny play. And there's a timeless quality to it too - time and time again I found myself laughing and thinking that any one of these little melodramas could have happened any where in practically any time. There's a part early on in the play where one of the characters is dissatisfied at pacing up and down the square waiting for her fellow conspirators to arrive. If only this had to do with a sale on shoes or shopping she laments then they would have been here at the crack of dawn! But tell them it has political tones to it and they're all an hour late. Oh, have truer words ever rung down about the state of politics and modern man from any age? There's an odd comfort in knowing that in hundreds of years of human folly the state of politics hasn't changed much.

An absolute must read, not only for those stuffy literary types but for anyone looking for a good read, and dare I say it, a genuine laugh.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better October 19, 2007
By Jabba
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Nice to have this version in print, but ... In the original, Norman Lindsay's illustrations are "anatomically correct," but here are reproduced from a visually expurgated edition, leaving the characters as anatomically incomplete as Barbie and Ken--though, make no mistake, this is still NOT suitable for children. Also, footnotes confusingly appear in the middle of the page and in the same font as the text. Dodo Press, you could have dood it better!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great play for even non-play readers December 27, 2010
I did not read this 2010 edition of this play, but have just read the play from a different source and thoroughly enjoyed it. Coming from an era full of plays and other works of literature denouncing women, this play is a refreshing example of female empowerment. With women taking control by withholding sex from their husbands in order to get them to bring an end to the war, they bring a great deal of humor and some good lessons about war. I highly recommend this to anyone who prefers not to read plays, because it's a hilarious romp.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic February 18, 2014
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A classic play with humor comparable to today's comedies. As funny today as was thousands of years ago. Easy read for an evening in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you western civ. January 22, 2014
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The whole thing was hilarious had a lot more depth than it seems. It is rather depressing to think that if it was not for school I never would have found this amazing play.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ancient Story for Today's World at War April 8, 2013
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Wars have hounded our planet as long as we have had history, and before. This story from ancient Greece, set during the time of their city-state struggles,rings true still. Wars betwen competing princelings, wars between religious faiths, wars for territory, for power,wars set off by ego-maniacs are still with us. The women following Lysistrata lead an amusing and intensely serious way to peace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lysistrata Review December 20, 2012
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I used this book as a graduation gift for a high achieving young lady, because of the story. The book itself is beautifully produced. The art, by Picaso, is outstanding. I would like to order another copy for my library.


John Parkin
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, hard to understand.
This play is a good read and is worth the time taken to understand, but if you don't understand the language or the history behind the story it is a tougher read then others.
Published 8 days ago by K. Hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great service!
Published 1 month ago by lovetoread
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great work of literature!
Published 2 months ago by FaintlyFeline
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Product
I needed this for school, but it didn't contain line numbers and I really needed that for my paper and tests.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel J. Grossi II
5.0 out of 5 stars a book
I down loaded this book for my kindle and low and beyond...its a book and I read it like a boss!
Published 4 months ago by Dev
5.0 out of 5 stars Bawdy comedy
I wouldn't have predicted such a bawdy play to have been inspired by war, especially the Peloponnesian War. I wonder what the original audience thought when they first the play. Read more
Published 11 months ago by fitzalling
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Absolutely wonderful play. Certainly wish more of his works would have survived. A bit angry with myself for not having read this sooner.
Published 19 months ago by Shea Simanek
3.0 out of 5 stars Saw the play and wanted to read the text
Saw the play and wanted to read the text. Not sure I would have wanted to plow through the text f not for the play.
Published 20 months ago by Greg S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Probably the funniest greek play i have ever read. And it's well written, too! I would definitely recommend reading Lysistrata. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Shania
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