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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Chapter 4. Forgive and Forget: Concordia discors in Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen and Lysistrata

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Full search options are on the right side and top of the page. Praxagora Swinging the lantern, which is to be a signal for the other women; in high tragic style.



Thou shining light of my earthenware lamp, from this high spot shalt thou look abroad. In thee alone do we confide, and thou art worthy, for thou art near us when we practise the various postures in which Aphrodite [10] delights upon our couches, and none dreams even in the midst of her sports of seeking to avoid thine eye that watches us.

Thou alone shinest into the secret recesses of our thighs and dost singe the hair that groweth there, and with thy flame dost light the actions of our loves.

If we open some cellar [15] stored with fruits and wine, thou art our companion, and never dost thou betray or reveal to a neighbor the secrets thou hast learned about us.

Therefore thou shalt know likewise the whole of the plot that I have planned with my friends, the women, at the festival of the Scirophoria. She pauses and looks about her. I see airstophanes light approaching; let us draw somewhat aside, for fear it should be a man. She hides in the alley. From the right a woman enters, followed almost immediately by others.

All are carrying staffs, men’s sandals, and cloaks over their arms. First Woman [30] Let us start, it is high time; as we left aristopanes dwellings, the cock was crowing for the second time.


And I have spent the whole night waiting for you. She emerges from the alley. But come, let us call our neighbor by scratching arisophanes her door; and gently too, [35] so that her husband may hear nothing. Second Woman Coming out of her house; she is dressed like a man, with a staff in her hand.

Ecclesiazusae – Aristophanes – Ancient Greece – Classical Literature

I was putting on my shoes, when I heard you scratching, for I was not asleep, so there! The Complete Greek Drama, vol.

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