Friday, November 24, 2006

Lysistrata

I found this modern translation of Lysistrata by Aristophanes in the Oxfam bookshop a few months ago. I can't help feeling that this passage is not only funny but very true - especially for today!

Let me set the scene. Lysistrata has started a women's revolt. She has disagreed with the war that her men folk are involved with but up to now she hasn't said anything. She has just decided to come and take over the government and is having the following argument with a magistrate. Can't help feeling that this could happen today and they would be saying the same thing.


LYSISTRATA:
What a question! From now on we intend
to control the Treasury.

MAGISTRATE:
Control the Treasury!

LYSISTRATA:
Why not? Does that seem strange? After all,
we control our household budgets.

MAGISTRATE:
But that's different!

LYSISTRATA:
'Different'? What do you mean?

MAGISTRATE:
I mean simply this:
it's the Treasury that pays for National Defense.

LYSISTRATA:
Unnecessary. We propose to abolish war!

MAGISTRATE:
Good God. - And National Security?

LYSISTRATA:
Leave that to us.

MAGISTRATE:
You?

LYSISTRATA:
Us.

MAGISTRATE:
We're done for, then!

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