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Author: Aristophanes Narrator: Marnye Young Publisher: Silverton Agency Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2018 ISBN: 9781982637361
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The Peloponnesian War drags on and on with no end in sight, and the tough-minded Lysistrata has had enough. Men!—always making stupid decisions that affect everyone. Women’s opinions are never listened to.

Taking matters into her own hands, Lysistrata convenes a meeting of women from warring city-states across Greece and calls for a sex strike. It’s a hard sell, but in the end it is agreed: they will withhold sex until the war is brought to hasty a close.

Playing their part too, the old women of Athens seize control of the Acropolis—and with it, the treasury—holing up behind it’s barred gates and choking off the silver that funds the interminable war.

It’s a waiting game, and a difficult one—some of the women are already becoming desperate for sex and deserting the cause. But Lysistrata is determined to stay the course and soon restores discipline. The men can’t hold out forever … can they?

First staged in 411 BCE, Lysistrata is the bawdy, comic account of one woman’s singular mission to end the Peloponnesian War using the only means that seems available to her in a male-dominated world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Aristophanes’ urtext for the battle of the sexes has inspired so many reimaginings and adaptations that putting them all up at the same time would probably fill a small nation-state.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Aristophanes wrote Lysistrata in 411 B.C., when Athens was enmeshed in the decades-long Peloponnesian War; it has retained its popularity as a statement against war.”

    Washington Post

  • “The Graces chose his soul for their abode.”

    Plato, praise for the author

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About the Author

Aristophanes (ca. 446 – ca. 386 BC) is the most famous comic dramatist of ancient Greece. Forty-four plays have been attributed to him, of which only eleven have survived. His plays are the only surviving representatives of Old Comedy, a dramatic form whose conventions ensured commentary on the political and social issues of the day. Aristophanes did this so well that Plato, asked by the tyrant of Syracuse for an analysis of the Athenians, sent a copy of Aristophanes’ plays in reply.

About the Narrator

Marnye Young is a multi-award-winning narrator for New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling authors. A SAG-AFTRA voice, stage, and screen actor, she has spent her life in the South, Midwest, and North. When she isn’t narrating, she’s fishing, following NASCAR, volunteering, raising chickens, and “mom“ing her identical twins.