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Lysistrata by Aristophanes and Greek Life

I wrote a small creative paper responding to Lysistrata without turning it into a book report. While it’s probably not the best piece in the world, maybe it can help inspire some of your own writing.

This is the book I used and I read all the plays in it. The Acharnians is my favorite and reminds me of Monty Python.

The Story:

Following the stream of energized Mycenaeans out of the theatron where Lysistrata by Aristophanes had finished its first performance, I walked with my husband, Thanos, to my father’s home for the meeting that had been arranged only a few days earlier. The agora of Mycenae was crowed as merchants hawked their wares and criers shouted the daily news. The acropolis rose above the busy scene, with men bartering for the best price and women staying near their men, occasionally gossiping with other women near them about the daily chores and their neighbors.

Lysistrata performing in the theatron today! Aristophanes present for today only!” A crier shouted at the base of the path that led up to the acropolis. Another enthusiastically shouted closer to the center of the agora that Aristophanes had been waiting to release the play in 413, only 2 years earlier and when a peace treaty between Laconia and Attica was far from the horizon. Thankfully, Caerus, the god of luck, had been on my side as Thanos escaped military service and assisting in Attica’s war effort, using a favor to end his military career by 4 years in order to marry and help Mycenae prosper as a merchant (greek-gods-and-goddesses.com). Thanos ignored the criers, occasionally stopping to talk politics with a fellow merchant before we continued down the path to my small family home just outside of the agora. When we reached the modest home, my father, Dorian, stepped into the doorway and my younger brother ran out to greet me.

“Irene!” Alexander shouted as he ran toward me, his sandals crunching on the ground “Guess what happened to me today.” He stopped in front of me as Thanos continued to the door now that my brother, in his 10th year, was with me. Smiling, I walked the small distance to my child-hood home with Alexander at my side.

“You finished your lesson in school and you were praised by your teacher?”

“Yep! Though father is upset because I didn’t get all perfect marks on the speech I did last night.” Alexander grumbled under his breath. I chuckled quietly at his disgruntlement and moved to the back room where my mother, Nani, waved me over while she worked on the base of a raw piece of pottery. She didn’t look up from her work as I took a seat beside her on the stool where she’d taught me as she worked on how to be the best Mycenaean I could be.

“Hello mother, Thanos took me to see Lysistrata this morning.”  I spoke as I remsoved some stray scraps of clay from the table she was using. Without looking up, she gave me a sharp signal to be quiet. I waited for her to invite more conversation, using the time to organize my thoughts on the play. Nani blew a short puff of air near the bottom to clear away any remaining pieces of clay, then she turned on her stool and brushed away the clay dust on her shift.

“How was the play, Irene? Have you and Thanos started a family yet? I can’t wait forever to see the future of Mycenae you know.” Nani spoke softly, her lips turning up in a maternal smile.

I cleared my throat delicately, “My husband and I have yet to conceive the future of Mycenae, mother. As for the play, we were in Athens and the women were going to stop the men from going to war, in Laconia and Attica, by no longer having sex with them.”

Nani’s eyes widened some in mock disbelief, “Not having sex? Why, that’s tragic!” She barely kept the laughter at bay.

“It’s true! I think it suited Athens perfectly because of the overall silliness of the play.” I paused to let my mother catch her breath as mirth rocked her 35 year-old frame. Once she had regained her composure, I continued. “And it was not just the women of Athens, Lysistrata brought women from every polis into this pact. Mycenae, Sparta, and Thebes were all brought into this pact to be celibate (Aristophanes, pg. 142).” I paused when one of the servants came in, dropping off some unwanted supplies before returning outside. I brushed aside an irritant strand of hair. “While I enjoyed the play greatly, mother, Aristophanes exaggerated some of our… weakest points. For example, a man in the play calls women ‘sub-human creatures’ (Aristophanes, pg. 159).” I crinkled my nose in disgust.

Nani nodded in that all-knowing fashion that only mothers could. “I think that was his point, Irene, to make us want change. Of course, without us women, there wouldn’t be any men or sons for the foolish wars that Laconia and Attica seem intent on fighting.” Nani’s voice was dry as she moved the prepped vase off of the table and began to knead another ball of clay. “Your brother would probably welcome the chance to speak with you about the play, just don’t tell your father. You know how he has been in his old age and sticking to the traditions. Alexander has been going on about how he has been learning about the ‘fine arts’ due to Lysistrata’s release. I can hardly get him to be quiet for dinner with Dorian, always chattering about Sappho of Lesbos and Pindar of Thebes from times gone by.”

My lips curved up in a small smile. “He has always enjoyed the lyrical poetry of the past, mother.” I quietly slipped out of the kitchen and past the men in the main area to the front yard where Alexander could be seen drawing in the dirt with a slender stick. I stood behind him so as not to interrupt his work. As he finally looked up, he nearly jumped away in surprise but stopped himself for he was only a couple years away from being a man fully grown.

“By Zeus Irene! You should not sneak up on people.” Alexander scowled for a minute before brushing his sandal across the dirt scribbling he’d done. “Did mother send you out her because you were pestering her?”

Shaking my head, I kept a straight face for my brother, “Mother sent me to be your audience. She stated that you’d enjoy hearing about the ‘impossible fantasy’ that is Lysistrata (Aristophanes, pg. 135).”

Alexander’s irritation vanished in a blink of an eye. “Really? Well it is an impossible play. Can you ever imagine that happening, Irene? The summary of the play is that women stop the war between Sparta and Athens. That could never happen in reality. And how could women just stop and…” He continued and I just sat quietly in front of him. Listening to what he thought about the play, seeing hints of Dorian in his speech. By the time he finished his analysis of the Lysistrata, when he had yet to see the play and was basing his argument on the criers of the agora, Thanos was stepping outside to join us in the front yard.

“Irene, it is time to return home. Dorian is taking Alexander to see Lysistrata to teach him how to truly learn from a play.” Thanos said this as he walked toward me, gently ushering me in the direction of our home, even as my mind whirled with the conflicting stances of Nani and my brother. Nani, agreeing with me that the basis of the play was amusing and silly; while Alexander thought it was “ridiculous and unfounded.” Chuckling quietly to myself I thought of a line in the play that had struck a chord in me. “I didn’t realize we were such a total lot of nymphos” (Aristophanes, pg. 146) had rung in my soul. Are we truly so weak that all we women are capable of is listening to our older husbands and letting them make the decisions? I thought, as I prepared dinner. Shrugging, I hummed softly to myself. If we truly are so weak, then why must they rely on us for the sons of war? Perhaps there is more power in women of Mycenae than the men know and Aristophanes emphasized this in Lysistrata by having other poli? Shaking my head, as if shaking the thoughts free, I ignored them. No, we remain in the shadows. Quiet as the shades that prowl the Underworld, and peace will come when death stops his meals.

Notes:
According to babynames.com, Thanos means Death, Irene means Peace, Nani means Grace, and Alexander means Defender of the People in Greek.

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 62

Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
And all my soul and all my every part;
And for this sin there is no remedy,
It is so grounded inward in my heart.
Methinks no face so gracious is as mine,
No shape so true, no truth of such account;
And for myself mine own worth do define,
As I all other in all worths surmount.
But when my glass shows me myself indeed,
Beated and chopp’d with tann’d antiquity,
Mine own self-love quite contrary I read;
Self so self-loving were iniquity.
‘Tis thee, myself, that for myself I praise,
Painting my age with beauty of thy days.

Try This Game for a Party!

 

SEEING!

 

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Take pictures blindfolded with a friend of the following descriptions/items. Afterward, look them over and pick your favorites.

  1. Something that makes you smile. 
  2. Something that reminds you of a song. 
  3. A different perspective. 
  4. Something you want to remember. 
  5. Your childhood ♥ 
  6. Something that makes you sad/unhappy. 
  7. Your imaginary friend. 
  8. Something that you feel right now. 
  9. A large space important to you. 
  10. Something that makes you laugh. 
  11. Something that makes you feel warm. 
  12. Something that you wish for. 

College

I just attended an orientation preview for the college that I am going to attend, and, while I am excited to be on my own, I also am trying to make decisions on my own right now before I get there. Some tips I have for future freshmen may be helpful for you, or may be utterly useless; either way though, knowing about some of these may help someone else that you know. If you have any questions for me, fill out the contact form at the bottom.

THE TEN THORNS EVERY COLLEGE FRESHMAN SHOULD KNOW

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
    Just because you are going to be in college and more on your own, doesn’t mean you have to take the world on alone, asking for help (I’m asking for help on choosing a computer for my classes) can save you a lot of trouble in the end.
  2. ASK QUESTIONS!
    A math teacher I had in high school told me that the only dump/stupid question is the one that you don’t ask. I can guarantee that someone else has the same question.
  3. Start working on making your OWN decisions.
    Once you start making some of your own choices, and not just the little ones but some of the bigger ones, such as taking a class that your parents don’t agree with but that you would really enjoy, you are starting to become more independent and college will probably seem less scary. Start small though and don’t freak yourself out. 🙂
  4. Make Connections!
    When I say make connections, I mean make connections with someone at the college. An older student, a professor, or your advisor can all be a connection. I connected with my orientation leader who is attending to become a history major and now I feel a bit more of the college community and less like someone just showing up.
  5. Try something new.
    Don’t stay in your box, come out of it and try some of the activities the college has to offer, and I don’t mean anything crazy. Just maybe try a class that you’re curious about but are unsure of taking. Just do it. I’m thinking about becoming a Resident Assistant, which means I would help students in my residence hall, and while I’m unsure about it, I’m going to do it.
  6. Research!
    If you don’t know what a class is about or if you don’t know anything about the area, learn about it. Learning about where you are going to be can take a lot of stress off of you and can make the area seem less foreign and more exciting.
  7. Be ready for homesickness.
    Even if you are only a few hours away from home, still say good bye and be prepared to miss your family, even if you say that you won’t miss them, you most likely will. To make the transition easier, say a proper good bye and send letters, e-mails, phone calls, or whatever you want to stay in touch. They’re just a phone call away.
  8. Balance your classes.
    Don’t try to take all the same type of classes at once and don’t try to take them all in the morning or on one day. You can overwhelm yourself and finding a happy medium can make studying for classes and experiencing college life much more enjoyable.
  9. Think things through.
    Remember that you don’t have your parents around to get you out of the messes that you create, so think about what you are about to do and ask “Is this really a good idea?” If it is go through with it; if it’s not and you do it, just be ready for the consequences.
  10. Have fun!
    While you may be in college to prepare for the business world and your life after learning, don’t forget to ENJOY yourself. You can’t go back to these years and you should experience  what there is around you. It’s not all about studying but socializing and making connections that may last forever or help you later in life.P.S. While some of these tips seem like common sense or just a “duh!” one, some people really don’t know about them. Just take them into consideration. I AM NOT TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO! (Okay?)

 

TRUE OR FALSE?

Song Quote Revival!

So I’ve been a wee bit busy settling into a new job and getting all ready for college. Sorry about the lack of posts, but I can finally get the ball rolling again! To “revive” my blog (to a point) here’s a song that I’ve been finding inspiration from for a while.

You Learn

By: Alanis Morissette

Album: Jagged Little Pill

I recommend, getting your heart trampled on to anyone.
I recommend, walking around naked in your living room.
Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill);
It feels so good (swimming in your stomach)
Wait until the dust settles.

You live, you learn.
You love, you learn.
You cry, you learn.
You lose, you learn.
You bleed, you learn.
You scream, you learn.

I recommend, biting off more then you can chew to anyone
I certainly do.
I recommend, sticking your foot in your mouth at any time
Feel free.
Throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind);
Hold it up (to the rays)
You wait and see when the smoke clears.

You live, you learn.
You love, you learn.
You cry, you learn.
You lose, you learn.
You bleed, you learn.
You scream, you learn.

Wear it out (the way a three-year-old would do).
Melt it down (you’re gonna have to eventually anyway)
The fire trucks are coming up around the bend;

You live, you learn.
You love, you learn.
You cry, you learn.
You lose, you learn.
You bleed, you learn.
You scream, you learn.

You grieve, you learn.
You choke, you learn.
You laugh, you learn.
You choose, you learn.
You pray, you learn.
You ask, you learn.
You live, you learn.

Here’s the music video for it so you can here what it sounds like, too. 🙂

 

To Give a Chill

I’m feeling a little dark today. It’s snowing and I felt like posting the Genesis of my book. 

Drip.

Drip.

Drip.

“Come here, little hunter. Taste.”

Blood in the air, on the walls, under her feet. “Ari?”
“Ari’s having a nice nap.” A giggling laugh that made her want to run, run, RUN! “Mmm, I think I prefer Belle.” A red-dipped finger lifted to her mouth, pressed against her lips.
Blood seeping onto her tongue.
Her sister’s blood.
That was when she screamed.

From Archangel’s Kiss, By: Nalini Singh

Advice for Life

Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

 

A Riddle for You

Let me be the answer to your frail truth, let me take your hand and become peace, let me summon you peacefully, with a startling rise, let me take care of you in any form of mine. I am used by many, and used by none, yet ready to serve the old and the young. Meloncholy suits me, and nothing can erode me, as we all are to eventually become one. What am I?

Answer: Death

**The number of question marks is the number of letters in the answer.**

Rain Rain… Come My Way?

Rain Rain... Come My Way?

Do you feel the rain?

Scaring Kids…

Thoughts?

Believe And You’ll Find Magic

What kind of magic do you expect to find?

 

 

Education is…

“Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” — John Dewey

Agree or Disagree?

In preparing for college, I started thinking about this quote.

You Are Cordially Invited…

If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you are a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in! Come in!

INVITATION

By: Shel Silverstein

Writing or…?

Writing or...?

What is the first thing you think of when you read the saying? My first thought was: This describes authors, thinkers, and artists around the world.

Long Time, No Post

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been running around spinning flags and sabers. Here’s a little quote and a video for all of you! 😀

“Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.”—George Singleton

 

Sleepsong 
By: S…

Sleepsong 
By: Secretgarden

Loo-li, loo-li, loo-li, lai-lay
Loo-li, loo-li, loo-li lai-lay

Lay down your head and I’ll sing you a lullaby
Back to the years of loo-li lai-lay
And I’ll sing you to sleep and I’ll sing you tomorrow
Bless you with love for the road that you go

May you sail far to the far fields of fortune
With diamonds and pearls at your head and your feet
And may you need never to banish misfortune
May you find kindness in all that you meet

May there always be angels to watch over you
To guide you each step of the way
To guard you and keep you safe from all harm
Loo-li, loo-li, lai-lay

May you bring love and may you bring happiness
Be loved in return to the end of your days
Now fall off to sleep, I’m not meaning to keep you
I’ll just sit for a while and sing loo-li, lai-lay

May there always be angels to watch over you
To guide you each step of the way
To guard you and keep you safe from all harm
Loo-li, loo-li, lai-lay, loo-li, loo-li, lai-lay

A Single Flame Quote

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” ~ St. Francis Of Assisi


This is a quote I found that I thought would go well with the post “A Single Flame.”  I believe that is true, and nothing can extinguish the creativity the mind can create.

PewDiePie Funnies

This is a video of some of PewdiePie’s funniest moments (yes I am a Bro *brofist*). I know this deviates from what I normally post, but I had a really bad day and this made me laugh, so I shall share it with all of you.

Though to give something that is normal to my posts, I shall give a small quote that might fit with this!

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

Lose the Fear and Tell a Story

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” — Joseph Chilton Pearce

“There’s power in stories. That’s all history is: the best tales. The ones that last. Might as well be mine.”– Varric Tethras

The second one came from the video game Dragon Age II. It’s one of my favorite games and has taught me more about philosophies and how a society can function, than I knew it had. Much to my surprise, the game as series (Dragon Age Origins and then Dragon Age II) has helped my understanding of concepts, that I used to not understand, become clear and memorable. I wish that all of you  have a lovely day and enjoy the rest of your weekend to the fullest. ~ Naiad Rose