lysistrata - Old Comedy. Aristophanes. Lysistrata Old...

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Old Comedy. Aristophanes. Lysistrata Old Comedy Origins Comes from two greek words: comedy is essentially a band of singers ( kômos/odoi ) Komos = procession or band Odoi = singer Satyrica men dressed as satyrs and acting in absurd scenes phallic processions (Aristotle's Poetics ) festivles in honor of the god Dionysus. These festivals often included processions where men carried huge phalluses and insulted members of the crowd. Spirit of marti gras. earlier poetry poetry that was sung to the accompany of a lyre. This type of poetry was often rude and sexual and scatological - had to do with orifices (openings). typical elements of comedy actors wearing grotesque masks, exaggeration of stomach and phallus (essentially strap on dildos) (cf. origins) satyrs were often really horny and shown with big erections highly sexual and scatological mythology and theology treated with total irreverence nothing is sacred in comedy. in terms of politics the little guys were attacked through humor and wit against those in power lampoons prominent contemporaries-everything from their physical appearance, to moral character to intelligence (apparent immunity) comedians make fun of diseases, ugliness, the ugliness of their wives, poverty, the lower class, some peoples bad manners, their perversions, their incompetence… large chorus of 24 plots are fantastic come to an end in a festive scene with formal recognition of hero's victory victory of women over men usually triad of Wine, Food, Sex Aristophanes fluorit (the period he did most of his writing) 427-386: we have 11 of at least 40 plays little biographical information on him historical context – shortage of men due to Sicilian expedition Lysistrata (Lenaia, 411) date of this play (411) is very important because it is shortly after the Sicilian expedition that took place from 415-413. Bad outcome for the Athenians. This was during the pelopenesian war which was between Athens and Sparta. The Sicilian expedition was initiated by a city state on the island of Sicily and lead to the destruction of the entire Athenian navy. This means that there was a severe man shortage in Athens and therefore in this play. Lysistrata was stationed in a festival called the Lenaia – spring festival devoted to comic drama as opposed to tragic drama (the great dionysia)
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cast (with significant names) includes: (nomen/omen) Lysistrata (lys: destroy; strata: lines of an army) she is the breaker of armies
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course CLAS 1110 taught by Professor Stevens,be during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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