Aristophanes, the author of this play, creates this satiric comedy to make the point that women, though foolish, can prove to be manipulative as mothers and wives. Lysistrata, believing that women have a voice in politics, enters the play as the leader of Greek women, urging them to maintain peace in mai...
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...sts severely with the view of Christian women in the Roman Empire. The Greek play carries a very satirical connotation as a comedy that plays off of the weakness and pettiness of women of the era. The account of Perpetua’s death maintains a very somber and respectful tone that remains constant throughout all eight pages of the text. Perpetua’s masculine characteristics stand out as she models her dedication to religion, stubbornness, and physical endurance. The differences between the two texts highlight how Christianity influences the views of society to the benefit of women in such a short period of time.
Aristophanes. "Protesting War, Performing Satire." The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures. By Katharine J. Lualdi. 4th ed. Vol. 1. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, n.d. 75-82. Print.
"The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas." N.d. PDF file.
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