Lysistrata by Aristophanes: Key quotes

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  • Lysistrata Key Quotes
    • Sexual Innuendos
      • Caloncie: "Big Red One"
      • Calonice: "Very big and very meaty"
      • Chorus of Old men: "for indeed women excel in riding"
      • Magistrate: "stick a bolt-pin into her opened clasp"
    • Lysistrata: "To seize the treasury; no more money, no more war"
    • Lysistrata to the Magistrate: "If that's all that troubles you, here take my veil, wrap it round your head, and hold your tongue  Then take this basket; put on a girdle, card wool, munch beans. The War shall be women's business.”
    • "all our husbands think that we are such clever villians"
    • "Six inch leather jobs"
      • Certain items during the war were banned from entering Athens such as the Boetian eels and others
    • "banging of drums...roofs of houses"
      • Referring to the festival of Adonis and the typical male view that woman are obsessed with: drink and sex
    • Echoes of Tragedy
      • "We must never let ourselvesbe worsted by women"
    • Military language
      • "Fully armed fighting women"
        • violation of the nature of traditional views of women
      • "Women of the reserve"
        • allied women
      • "no stripping of the corpses"
        • Only allowed if a battle had been solidly won
    • "Let war be the care of menfolk"
      • Hektor said something similar but he said it out of tender concern
    • Carding of the wool speech


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