Among the many always expected and fascinating events which are promoted at the MArRC in collaboration with the International Writers' Center of Calabria, we suggest a meeting with the philologist Paola Radici Colace, full professor at the University of Studies of Messina, honorary president and director of the CIS scientific committee, where to talk about "Women in command and strike against the war. The ‘reverse world’ of the Lysistrata of Aristophanes", on Thursday, May 16th, at 5.30pm. It is the fifth meeting for the Cycle "Women and war in the Greek theater". Speakers: the director of the Museum, Carmelo Malacrino, and the president of the CIS of Calabria, Loreley Rosita Borruto.
The play was staged for the first time in Athens at the Lenee of 411 BC, in the theater of Dionysus, by a certain Callistratus (who is believed to be a pseudonym of Aristafane), two years after the disastrous expedition of Alcibiades to Sicily, which marked a bad chapter in the Peloponnesian War, by the defeat of Athenian democracy. The protagonist is a woman from Athens who calls the women of the Greek Cities in conflict, including Sparta, to find together a stratagem instead to convince men to sign peace.
"The playwright felt the need to reflect on the war, bringing to the stage a surreal truth, typical of that inverted world that is the comic reality", the philologistRadici Colace says. "In the scenario of a bloody and desperate for a solution Greece - the scholar explains - Aristophanes delivers to the women of Athens and their representative Lysistrata (whose name means "she who loosens armies") resentment for a conflict that does not it weighs only on the fighting men, but it is poured dramatically on the feminine universe, composed of mothers, wives, daughters, sisters. The gimmick of the comic heroine - she continues - consists in the proclamation of a ‘strike of love’, which the women, even with some reluctance, are convinced to call in order to force men to make peace". So was, at least, in the scenic illusion. In historical reality, the atrocities of the war would have last seven years more.
"The Museum is a place of endless narratives, which go back over time through the testimony of the finds that are kept here and that never stop enchanting our visitors, also thanks to the collaboration with our institutional partners, such as the CIS", the director Malacrino declares.