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

A lecture by Professor 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’ Lysistrata 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 […]