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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Assemblywomen – Wikipedia
Does it or does it not recommend such peitho for assemblyaomen polis? The Assemblywomen of Aristophanes dates from approximately BCE, a time of continuing trouble for a city state — Athens — that had suffered a crushing defeat and loss of empire some twelve years earlier, and had just renewed hostilities with its erstwhile conqueror, Sparta.
Thus the Athens of our play reflects historical reality: That oligarchy is gone, but, at least for the purposes of this play, a strong sense of unity of purpose homonoia has yet to return. To be sure, democracy has been in place since the overthrow of asssemblywomen inbut the optimism of the Periclean age has not. Riven by smoldering resentments and continuing wealth disparity, Athenians are at a loss for what to do. As characterized in our play, she brings resourceful thinking and a woman’s natural eloquence so the play — more in aristophnaes to the technical mastery gained from living within earshot of assembly debates.
Lovers and spouses are also to be zristophanes, senior citizens to the head of the line. Under this new system of sex-rationing and shared wealth, all the prostitutes have been sacked.
So, how does it go? Does gynaecocracy “rule by women” combined with communalism work?
What problems if any are solved? What problems if any are created? What does Aristophanes seem to be trying to say about persuasion and its application?
Prefatory Comment The Assemblywomen of Aristophanes dates from approximately BCE, a time of continuing trouble qssemblywomen a city state — Athens — that aristohpanes suffered a crushing defeat and loss of empire some twelve years earlier, and had just renewed hostilities with its erstwhile conqueror, Sparta.
Democracy restored inamnesty intended to to restore civic harmony Athens recovering, but suffering economically Sparta, now the leading state in Greece, now also an imperial power From toArgos, Athens, Corinth, Asssemblywomen combine to fight Sparta in a destructive, but inconclusive, war The “Corinthian War” Intellectual situation Under the influence of professional speech-writers like Lysias and Isaeus, the teaching of rhetoric at Athens is gaining ground rhetoric teachers are still called sophists Striking that the gunaikokratia “women’s-regime” imposed by Praxagora assmblywomen her followers results in communalism, one of the key features of the ideal aristopanes in Plato’s Republic But unlikely that Plato copies Aristophanes; rather, commununalist notions probably “in the air” at time Dramatic situation: 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.
What is the result?
Praxagora, leader of the coup, as a result of which she is chosen generalissima Blepyrus, Praxagora’s husband Next-door-neighbor, with whom Blepyrus discusses the goings arisfophanes Chremes, who prepares to march his things to the communal collection point Citizen, who interrogates Chremes as to the wisdom of communalism “Hags,” i.
Young Man, who’s come to for a tryst with. Girl, who’s in asdemblywomen with the young man Play structure. The play can be thought of as split into three, basic sections, as follows: Planning and execution of the women’s coup by Praxagora and her female cohorts.
Conception and enactment of communalism by Praxagora. Communalism in action, where this whole new order seems to be put to the test.
Does the play relate in any way to theoretical writers “Moderns 2” read earlier in semester? Last modified Last modifiedNovember 27,