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“Make life a misery for them, and they’ll give up trying soon enough. No man is ever going to get satisfaction if the woman doesn’t choose that he should” (Aristophanes, Lysistrata, 164-66).




446 BCE – 386 BCE
Dates are approximate

The Athenian comedian Aristophanes staged about 40 comedies over the course of his career, 11 of which are preserved.   Athens is always squarely at the center of Aristophanes’ comedies, with current events and political goings-on directly referenced.  Athens in this period was very much dependent on the resources of its allies and tributary states; imperialism brought with it luxury and excess, in Aristophanes’ view, and in turn demagoguery prevailed within the democracy.


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