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Humanities Greco-Roman CultureLysistrata Aristophanes was a craft comedy poet in the fourth century BC during the time of the Peloponnesian War Aristophanes usual style wasto be too satirical and suggesting the outlandish He shows littlemercy when mocking Socrates and his new-fangled ideas which were mostlikely designed to destroy the cohesiveness of society and lead toanarchy in his play The Clouds The most absurd and humorous of Aristophanes comedies are those inwhich the main characters the heroes of the story are women Smartwomen One of the most famous of Aristophanes comedies depicting powerfullyeffectual women is the Lysistrata named after the female lead characterof the play It portrays Athenian Lysistrata and the women of Athensteaming up with the women of Sparta to force their husbands to end thePeloponnesian War To make the men agree to a peace treaty the women seized theAcropolis where Athens financial reserves are kept and prevented themen from squandering them further on the war They then beat back anattack on their position by the old men who have remained in Athenswhile the younger men are out on campaign When their husbands returnfrom battle the women refuse to have sex with them This sex strikewhich is portrayed in a series of badly exaggerated and blatant sexualinnuendoes finally convinces the men of Athens and Sparta to agree to apeace treaty The Lysistrata shows women acting bravely and even aggressively againstmen who seem resolved on ruining the city-state by prolonging apointless war and excessively expending reserves stored in theAcropolis This in turn added to the destruction of their family lifeby staying away from home for long stretches while on militarycampaign The men would come home when they could sexually relievethemselves and then leave again to continue a senseless war The women challenge the masculine role model to preserve thetraditional way of life of the community
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