Subdivisions: The Containment of Femininity in Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae

§1 In the Ecclesiazusae, Aristophanes presents his audience with a radical political question: what would happen if the entire Athenian democracy were turned over to the women, and they became the custodians of the democracy rather than the men? As a comedic playwright, it is no wonder that Aristophanes’ answer to this scenario satirizes the … Read moreSubdivisions: The Containment of Femininity in Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae

Abstract — Three of a Perfect Pair: The Fractured Feminine in Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae

In the Ecclesiazusae, Aristophanes presents his audience with a radical political question: what if the entire Athenian democracy were turned over to the women, and they became the custodians of the democracy rather than the men? As Zeitlin (1999) notes, the overall effect of this radical change is never fully explored, and thus it is … Read moreAbstract — Three of a Perfect Pair: The Fractured Feminine in Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae