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Warriors’ Wives in the Chicago ‘hood: Rapping with Lysistrata in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

A lecture by Prof Edith Hall (Department of Classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London) analysing the relationship between the ancient Greek play Lysistrata and Spike Lee’s film Chi-raq (2015), an updated musical-theatre adaptation of Aristophanes’ play using versified rap performances, in south Chicago.

It argues that the tragic undertow of Chi-raq must remind us of the suffering of the bereaved military wives in the war-traumatised classical Athens where Lysistrata, however amusing, was first produced in 411 BCE.

The talk is part of the conference Married to the Military: Solders’ Families in the Ancient World and Beyond organised by the Open University (11-12 November 2016).

Supported by the Hellenic Centre.