Lysistrata- Back To The Classics 2013


This is the third book I have read in the Back To The Classics challenge 2013. You can read more about the challenge HERE. Check out my review of the 19th Century Classic HERE and the 20th Century Classic HERE.

For the Pre-18th or 17th Century Challenge I picked Lysistrata as I’ve heard a lot about it but never read it.


Aristophanes’s “Lysistrata” is one of the great comedies from classical antiquity. Central to the work is the vow by the women of Greece to withhold sex from their husbands until they end the brutal war between Athens and Sparta. A hilarious and decisively anti-war comedic drama, “Lysistrata” stands as one of the great works from the classical age of drama.


As mentioned, I’d heard about this book before I read it. It’s definitely way, way, before its time. The story involves a decision that Greek women make, to withhold sex from their lovers until the men write a peace treaty and put an end to the wars. It’s a short, easy read. I was surprised at how funny it was. It seems that the Greek can do comedy just as well as tragedy. Despite the play veering more towards the comedy, there were serious issues tackled by Aristophanes such as War and Power. Lysistrata as a main character is interesting and the other characters are wonderfully witty. It is incredibly crude so don’t be surprised by that! It’s not something that I’d read again but I enjoyed it for what it was!