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LYSISTRATA (c. 448 BCE) By Aristophanes The Persons of the Drama: LYSISTRATA CALONICE MYRRHINE LAMPITO Stratyllis, etc. Chorus of Women. MAGISTRATE CINESIAS SPARTAN HERALD ENVOYS ATHENIANS Porter, Market Idlers, etc. Chorus of old Men. LYSISTRATA stands alone with the Propylaea at her back. LYSISTRATA If they were trysting for a Bacchanal, A feast of Pan or Colias or Genetyllis, The tambourines would block the rowdy streets, But now there’s not a woman to be seen Except--ah, yes--this neighbour of mine yonder. Enter CALONICE. Good day Calonice. CALONICE Good day Lysistrata. But what has vexed you so? Tell me, child. What are these black looks for? It doesn’t suit you To knit your eyebrows up glumly like that. LYSISTRATA Calonice, it’s more than I can bear,
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I am hot all over with blushes for our sex. Men say we’re slippery rogues-- CALONICE And aren’t they right? LYSISTRATA Yet summoned on the most tremendous business For deliberation, still they snuggle in bed. CALONICE My dear, they’ll come. It’s hard for women, you know, To get away. There’s so much to do; Husbands to be patted and put in good tempers: Servants to be poked out: children washed Or soothed with lullays or fed with mouthfuls of pap. LYSISTRATA But I tell you, here’s a far more weighty object. CALONICE What is it all about, dear Lysistrata, That you’ve called the women hither in a troop? What kind of an object is it? LYSISTRATA A tremendous thing! CALONICE And long? LYSISTRATA Indeed, it may be very lengthy. CALONICE Then why aren’t they here?
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LYSISTRATA No man’s connected with it; If that was the case, they’d soon come fluttering along. No, no. It concerns an object I’ve felt over And turned this way and that for sleepless nights. CALONICE It must be fine to stand such long attention. LYSISTRATA So fine it comes to this--Greece saved by Woman! CALONICE By Woman? Wretched thing, I’m sorry for it. LYSISTRATA Our country’s fate is henceforth in our hands: To destroy the Peloponnesians root and branch-- CALONICE What could be nobler! LYSISTRATA Wipe out the Boeotians-- CALONICE Not utterly. Have mercy on the eels! [Footnote: The Boeotian eels were highly esteemed delicacies in Athens.] LYSISTRATA But with regard to Athens, note I’m careful Not to say any of these nasty things; Still, thought is free. ... But if the women join us From Peloponnesus and Boeotia, then Hand in hand we’ll rescue Greece.
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CALONICE How could we do Such a big wise deed? We women who dwell Quietly adorning ourselves in a back-room With gowns of lucid gold and gawdy toilets Of stately silk and dainty little slippers. ... LYSISTRATA These are the very armaments of the rescue. These crocus-gowns, this outlay of the best myrrh, Slippers, cosmetics dusting beauty, and robes With rippling creases of light. CALONICE
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