Aristophanes, Four Comedies

Lysistrata informs her and all the other women that viewpoint supports her plan. Her plan stresses that the women renounce sex altogether until the war has ended. The women are not totally convinced that this will work, but after some convincing they agree to do it.

Lysistrata had all the women repeat an oath, stating, 1) they will dress sensuously; 2) refrain from sex; and 3) to have sex only if forced, promising to perform poorly and refuse all positions which might enhance sexually activity. Everyone took the oath and the meeting was adjourned. After the meeting, the Athenian women entered the Acropolis and locked the gates in order to keep the men from getting to the treasury and being able to pay for a war they find senseless.

Soon after they locked the gates, a Chorus of Old Men arrived carrying fire-pots and heavy sticks, threatening to burn the women out of the Acropolis. As the men are lying down the logs, a Chorus of Old Women came with pitchers of water and dump it on the Chorus of Old Men after hurling nasty insults were exchanged. The magistrate arrived, criticizing the women. He then instructed the men to force open the gates. Lysistrata calls a halt to



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