Aubrey Beardsley, Lysistrata Defending the Acropolis, 1896, illustration. Photo courtesy of eBooks@Adelaide; The University of Adelaide Library, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Aubrey Beardsly’s illustration accompanied the text of Aristophanes’sLysistrata. Wikipedia summarizes the play as follows:
Lysistrata is acomedy by Aristophanes. Originally performed inclassical Athens in411 BCE, it is a comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece towithhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace — a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.
The other images from the series are equally WTF worthy, so be sure to check them out on the University of Adelaide Library website. I especially enjoy the image below.
Aubrey Beardsley, The Examination of the Herald, 1896, illustration. Photo courtesy of eBooks@Adelaide; The University of Adelaide Library, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005