A basic level guide to some of the best known and loved works of prose, poetry and drama from ancient Greece – Ecclesiazusae by Aristophanes. Assemblywomen, by Aristophanes, posits a system in which the institution for the transfer of wealth within a patrimonial line is subverted by a system that closely. The Assemblywomen of Aristophanes dates from approximately BCE, a time of continuing trouble for a city state — Athens — that had suffered a crushing.

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Praxagora The same life-style for everyone. Wwwwwhy wwwwould I be looking for you? Blepyrus No more… stripping off in the middle of the night? Takes a deep breath For all these reasons, gentlemen, I say, let the women govern the city! The pun assembblywomen Assemblywomen: You… you… you little slut! Now that the pay is a bit more they come and they jostle and shove for a seat!

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I am as much a part of this country as all of you, men. How is that going to happen? Exacerbating it further is male prejudice and intransigence. Pull the cloak down and raise it bare.

Ecclesiazusae – Aristophanes – Ancient Greece – Classical Literature

Maid You, of course, you! That is, it projects precisely the sort of negativity gynaecocratic communalism needs to overcome if it is to work, indeed, was intended to address in the first place.


Blepyrus Constantly trying to think of new objections. Which is not to say that we are supposed to cheer for the Skeptic or what he represents. On the contrary, it poses a question itself aassemblywomen for s Athens: Epigenes Almost in tears Oh, gods! What on earth is keeping them?


Assemblywommen Old Woman Hehehehehe! The Commissioner probably means that the women cast a funereal pall over the expedition with their lamentations; cf. Other narratives, those dealing with the Sicilian Debate and the rush to judgment of the generals at Arginusae, likewise focus on the capacity for democratic deliberation to give way to a tyranny of consensus.

Somebody please tell me, I beg you!

First Woman Absolutely, by Zeus! Back to the Young Woman: Now let all the little potlets follow from behind. Apart from that, Praxagora does not elaborate on a role for non-Athenians. Pay for political-judicial service ran counter to oligarchy: From the opposite house we hear the creaking of the window shutters opening. Thou alone shinest into the secret recesses of our ariwtophanes and dost singe the hair that groweth there, and with thy flame dost light the actions sasemblywomen our loves.

Praxagora The farming will be done by the slaves. In addressing that need, Praxagora also talks. Me, Blepyrus, for all I had is no more!


To the slave carrying the jug. Look at us you blockhead! Wealth-inequality as itself a cause of stasis: Fed up with the mess Athenian men have made of things gap between poor and rich, selfishness, assembly attendance motivated only by paythe women, under the leadership of Praxagora “She Who Gets Things Done through Political Speech”plot to infiltrate the all-male assembly and induce it to turn the state over to the women – that to bring soteria”salvation,” to the state.

Mrs Lush Hurry up! Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus — Second Woman Coming out of her house; she is dressed like a man, with a staff in her hand. I love that vest! Integrity of the house and personal honor: Drops his phallus violently and goes inside. Wwwwwhere did you spring out of? She waves her lamp to the others behind her and they follow her onto the stage.