[Milton-L] Adam's better half

Harold Skulsky hskulsky at smith.edu
Sun Aug 15 01:52:03 EDT 2010


Aristophanes tells the myth with a straight face, but (as with the Lysistrata and elsewhere in the corpus Aristophanicum) the playwright lodges sexuality squarely on the comic (anti-tragic?) side of the proscenium arch. Even when the partners are no less than Ares and Aphrodite herself, our shenanigans in bed evoke, as another older Greek poet says, "the inextinguishable laughter of the gods" (asbestos gelos theon).




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