The Lysistrata as a Post-Deceleian Peace Play

Tuesday 29 March 2022

Dillon, Matthew. (1987) Transactions of the American Philological Association (1974-) 117

This article explores the connection between peace and fertility in Aristophanes’ plays, further contributing to the research on the connection between representations of nature and visualisations of peace. Dillon also argues that Aristophanes’ Lysistrata provides a revolutionary interpretation of this nexus, by portraying war in terms of human loss, and never in heroic terms, differently from most Greek literature of the time. Consequently, the play has a strong anti-war message. However, the strength of the women’s call for peace is supported by their condition as mothers, reinforcing the idea that women are inherently against war because of the concern for their sons.


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