Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Communication, Media and Theatre Arts
Lee Stille, Ph.D.
Aristophanes’ Lysistrata is a popular work for contemporary production. Written in 411 BCE, the work explores what happens when the females of Athens participate in a sex strike in order to coerce the males to end the Peloponnesian War. By exploring cultural references to symbols in Lysistrata, mainly the phallus, this article seeks to convey the vehemence with which Aristophanes was advocating for an end of the Peloponnesian war and to demonstrate to theatre practitioners that Lysistrata is unique in its rhetoric about war and its destructive force on society. By understanding these significant cultural references, a modern director can help an audience better understand the specific themes of the work.
Pettit, Gary Sean, "A Phallic Play: Examing 5th Century Cultural References to Illuminate Aristophanes' Appeal for Peace to a Modern Audience" (2014). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 583.