"The Iliad" And "Lysistrata" Essay

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Great kings and powerful warriors engage in heroic duels with each other to gain massive power, while a group of women take a vow of abstinence until a war has ended. Two different pictures of war are depicted in "The Iliad" by Homer and "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes."The Iliad" is a poem which is believed to be a collection of stories handed down through many generations but not of just one man. It is a story of the Trojan War and the leaders of the two city-states. When "The Iliad" was finally written, around 750 B.C.E., the Trojan War had already been over for more hundreds of years. Because of this, many of the ideas and characteristics of "The Iliad" may have been changed from the ...view middle of the document...

This illustrates how much of the roles of women were not important to society at the time.Whereas in "Lysistrata," Aristophanes' characters are all mostly of working and middle class citizens. "Lysistrata" contains mostly characters who are wives of men who have gone to fight in the Peloponessian War or the men themselves. This reflects on the views of the middle class and how much importance they carry. "...but it's not easy, you know, for women to leave the house. One is busy pottering about her husband...a third is putting her child asleep." The middle class women are depicted as staying at home and waiting until the war will end when their husband will return to them. This shows how women were marked as servants for men and were considered lower than men. Also it shows that the society felt that women were helpless without men. Also, by having roles led by middle class men, it shows how power and importance in the society was given to all citizens, even the working class. This shows that during the time of "Lysistrata," democracy was being used by giving everyone power.Both stories, "The Iliad" and "Lysistrata," have many references to religious figures. Even though spaced hundreds of years apart, religion is a large part of war in both. In "The Iliad," the gods are there to aid an army to victory by helping, while in "Lysistrata," the gods are used to help stop and prevent the continuing war. In "The Iliad," the gods aid the war...

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