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Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae$
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Alan H. Sommerstein

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687075

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687075.001.0001

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Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae

Alan H. Sommerstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the text and translation of Aristophanes's surviving play Ecclesiazusae (The Assemblywomen. In Ecclesiazusae the women of Athens are presented as conspiring successfully to take over political power in their city. They do so by disguising themselves as men and coming to the Pnyx well before sunrise on the day of an Assembly meeting, hoping by a combination of numbers and eloquence to secure the passage of the motion, which their leader Praxagora will propose, that control of the state be handed over to the women. The audience is given two distinct indirect portrayals of the meeting. The first portrayal is through a dress-rehearsal which Praxagora holds in the opening scene and which includes a full-length speech by her in support of her proposal. The second portrayal is through a report given to Praxagora's husband, who had missed the meeting, by a man who had stayed to listen despite not getting a pay-ticket.

Keywords:   Ecclesiazusae, The Assemblywomen, Aristophanes, Athens, political power, Praxagora

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