The Women's Agreement Essay

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There are many translations of the Aristophanes’ Greek comedy, Lysistrata. The key to a good translation is finding one produced for the time. What would someone attending a college in the year 1912, think of our translation used in our 2011 literature class? What about the choices of a literature professor, in the year 1925, when teaching this play? The tone and speech of these translations can be very different, yet mean the exact same thing. The key is to pick a translation that is best suited for the present time. Lysistrata has altered throughout time to fit the meaning and the language of the translator; however, the theme remains to be a comedy based around the main idea of antiwar. The meaning can be different for everyone. …show more content…
It is highly doubtful that Aristophanes’ knew that Lysistrata would still be so important in the year 2011; these translations allow his ideas to continue on forever. In observation of three translations of the Lysistrata; a 1999 translation by Jeffrey Henderson, a 1925 translation by Jack Lindsay, and a 1912 translation by an anonymous person, present the play in very different ways. The year each translation was done is very important to the cultural aspect of each, the personal inquisition of each translator, and the audience it was meant for. Word choice is an important aspect to consider when thinking of the current audience. Henderson’s version is wrought with sexual language and this can be considered best fit for a modern audience because we are much more open to sexual promiscuity and orientation. Poetry is beautiful in rhythm, but also in word choice. Poetry is usually full of wit and is often meant to be ambiguous, unless the reader has the intellectual means to look deeper than normal speech. These methods of word choice both have intended reason. People of the 1920s would have expected wit and intelligence in their readings or when watching a theatrical performance because most people who partook in this were of middle class. The 1920s was a time of economic depression and only those with money had the ability to watch a theatrical performance. The revenue of play was dependent

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