men fail: Shabbetai’s Zerah is no Lysistrata

By Douglas Galbi, the author of purple motes

Judah ibn Shabbetai’s early-thirteenth-century Hebrew narrative Minhat Yehudah Sone ha-Nashim provides an insightful contrast with Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.  Both literary works depict sex-based social movements for peace.  In Lysistrata, the Lysistrata-led women’s movement succeeds.  In Minhat Yehudah, the Zerah-led men’s movement fails……..

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