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This play address themes of female hypergamy,Proto-SJWs, and several kinds of spergery.That makes it very relevant to the readers of today;And it’s also Aristophanes’ most funny, accesible play.
A group of women don fakes beards and their husbands' cloaks, all to attend the male assembly and convince the Athenians to turn the city's rule over to those more competent: the women.Ok. This play is, eh... Hmm. I'm struggling to know where I should begin. Let's start off with a different Aristophanes' play, the Thesmophoriazusae which is all about the women of Athens hating Euripides' misogynistic plays so much that they decide to kill him. I hoped Euripides replied with some lost Satyr play...
"The Assembly of Women," or, "Ecclesiazusae," reminded me very strongly of my favorite Aristophanes, "Lysistrata." If you loved that play as much as I did, you will enjoy this one as well.The first scene starts off with a group of wives in Ancient Athens stealing their husband's clothes and setting off to speak at the male-only Assembly. Their novel ideas, which concern land ownership, equality, and even sex, are met with a mixture of both outraged indignation and curious popularity.This play wa...
The Ecclesiazusae is another women-centric play by Aristophanes that focuses on women who want to change their domestic roles and experience being men... so they take their husbands' clothes and grow facial hair to become more like men. This play is a lot like Lysistrata in many senses- the plot is similar, the characters are similar, and the message being put across is similar. I think I may have liked this one a little bit more, but I think that is only marginal. Both are great, I just find it...
It really suprised me that this was written before Plato's Republic 'couse it looks like a really fitting parody of it, some ideas presented are in fact the same (shared property, everyone could be your dad so do not hit older man...) and Proxagora really reminds me of Socrates (much more than Socrates from Clouds ).It's marvelous how he mixes dealing with serious topics, satirizing more things at once, suprisingly good arguments with very funny comedy. Although response to some crisis they have...
An interesting concept that Aristophanes brings up, being one of the oldest representations of a Communist society I've seen. And while it pokes fun at this society where everyone receives a commonwealth, it also inadvertently pokes fun at women ruling this society, which is a big weakness for Ecclesiazusae. The problem I've seen with Aristophanes' comedies involving politics and women is that you could see him supporting women's rights, but just as easily see him making fun of it. And between t...
How very unsurprising that women at the first chance they get implement big nanny government.
A learned defense of the rights of the ugly.
This short little piece was absolutely hilarious! I’ve never read a Greek comedy before, but I’m glad I took the time to do so. The Ecclesiazusae means ‘The Women’s Council’ in Greek and the premise of the play goes something like this. The city council meets for new ‘elections’ in an ancient Greek city. Unbeknownst to their husbands, the prominent women of the city decide to dress up as their husbands, attend the council and vote themselves into power. The plan succeeds, and before the end of t...
A parliament of women vote themselves in control of Athens in order to de-politicize the polis, the political order. In the attempt to change society from "one that takes" (the system instituted by men, by patriarchy) into "one that gives" (led by women via matriarchy), the assembly of women institute communism based on absolute equality, including equality of property, of the generations, and even of sex (whereby any young men must by law service an old hag before he can love his young lover).
This play is similar to Aristophanes' Lysistrata, in that a large portion of the comedy comes from women involving themselves in politics. But this play is much more infused with gender issues than Lysistrata is. A must-read if you like Aristophanes' other plays and Greek comedy, in general.
AristophanesThe Complete Plays of AristophanesIn compilation only.
I laughed so hard at some points and I really liked the plot.
Great and amusing read!
It began far better than it ended. I found the humor a bit belabored at parts, but this may just be coming from a modern viewpoint.
This hits the comedy mark for the college guy in me (and of course that's a good bit so I laughed at all the shitting-and-fucking jokes throughout this), but it's ultimately a dumb satire that has been misinterpretted too often to be empowering of Athenian women when the effeminacy is the brunt of every joke that Aristophanes laps against Athenian society during the Peloponessian War.It's core is misogynistic. That is the play at the end of the day. Another review claims Aristophanes to be a cha...
Ecclesiazusae (A Parliament of Women) by Aristophanes is a fanciful depiction of a world turned upside down. In it the women of Athens assume control of the government. It begins with Praxagora who emerges from her house before daybreak. She is wearing a false beard and men's clothing. She joins other women and together, posing as men, they take over governance and quickly instate a series of radical reforms. She leads a campaign to ban private wealth and enforce sexual equity even for the old a...
Such a funny play! This play -- in which women (led by Praxagora) pretend to be men, sneak into the Assembly, and vote to hand control of Athens over to women -- really advances Aristophanes in my eyes as more and more of a social critic. The way that the women want to reform Athens into a state in which everything is held in common and in which there are no more households, families, or marriages (remarkably similar to Plato's suggestions in the middle of the *Republic*) is so interesting. My o...
3.5Interesting take and a play about group of women who disguise themselves as men to convince the men in the Assembly to give them power to govern, and what happens next. The humor is product of its time, but still it was quite an interesting read if you read it in the context of the time it was written.
Should it be taken as a joke? Or not? A very good read, but pointless if you have little or no contextual knowledge of Greek Theatre and The Peloponnesian War - it makes it harder to appreciate and understand.
if women ran the world it would become a communist state........ but everyone also has to have sex with the ugly people before the beautiful people otherwise it isn’t fair? very entertaining if not weird and very sexist?
A good hearted comedy that satirizes the inefficiencies and incompetencies of the Athenian democracy in Aristophanes' time.
After deciding that I needed to read this play, I changed my mind and decided that I really didn’t want to. There are too many books that I actually want to read to worry about what I “should” read.
I read things in this play that I never expected to read in an ancient translation, and I loved every minute of it.
Read Oblomov’s review. I love an Aristophanes play, but the jury is still out on this one. I applaud Aristophanes for his determination to advocate for women’s rights in Ancient Greece, though that was not what I found stood out the most in the play when it might have needed to be.
Just names of random people, sex, shit, and wine...Don’t waste your time.
*3.5 stars interesting but not my favorite.
I don't think that most people expect to read a story about a feminist, communist utopia/dystopia when they pick up an ancient Greek play, but here we are... That was really weird.
Sadly, extremely relevant today.
I picked this up on the classics shelf at Goodwill, and at first I was unsure if I would really be in to it or not. I even hesitated to purchase it, but, with it only being $.99 I kind of figured it was worth a shot. (I end up with a lot of books this way..)Well, I ended up loving it. I laughed more reading the Assembly of Women than I do reading modern comedy-type books. While I don't have anything deep or thoughtful to say in my review, I would encourage one to read it.