Lysistrata gathers the women of Athens and Sparta in the front of the Akropolis
for the purpose of formulating a plan to help stop the war between Athens and Sparta.
Lysistrata asks the women if they would like their husbands to return to them from the
war, and the women at first, claim that they would do just about anything to get their
Then, Lysistrata proposes her plan, to stop sexual activity with their
The women, after hearing this, back down and hesitate to concur to such an
act, except Lampito.
Soon, however, with the help of Lysistrata’s persuasive arguments,
the women consent to her plan.
Lysistrata has arranged the seizure of the Akropolis, the
Athenian treasury, so no money will go toward the war effort.
Kleonike proposes that the
women swear on a cup of wine, that they “won’t…dilute it with water,” and the women
agree to swear to the plan (366).
After all the women swear, the women enter the
The elder Athenian men march to the Akropolis carrying firepots with the
purpose of burning down the gates of the seized building.
The elder women encounter
the Koryphaios of Men at the gates, and the women pour water all over the men, putting
out their fire.
At this moment, the Commissioner of Public Safety arrives to try to settle
Before the Commissioner and the other men are able to break open the gates
with a crowbar, Lysistrata comes out of the Akropolis.
Archers attempt to arrest
Lysistrata, but all four of the archers that the Commissioner sent forth fail with the help
of the other women.
After the archers are scared off, Lysistrata begins to tell the
Commissioner that the women will stop the war.
Then Lysistrata places her veil on the
Commissioner’s head and the other women help dress him up as a woman and then beat
him off the stage.
Then the Chorus of Women and the Chorus of Men display a sexual
battle, which results in both the men and women naked.
The women soon become filled
with desire for sex and make excuses to Lysistrata as to why they have to leave.