Lysistrata, an ancient comic play, tells the story of Lysistrata as she schemes with other Greek women to end the Peloponnesian War, a conflict between Athens and a league of city-states led by Sparta. Lysistrata convinces women on both sides of the war to agree to withhold sex from their husbands until a peace treaty is signed, and a chorus of old women helps emphasize the influence that women have on the conflict. The women’s plan is successful in this political comedy that touches on ideas of reason and resolution.

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