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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Stasimon 3 of Aristophanes's play Lysistrata.
The chorus, now a unified group of old men and women, sing a song inviting the audience into their homes, where they are welcome to all of the singers' possessions. They end on a mocking note, warning that a vicious dog is guarding the door to their home.
This song continues in the same vein as the choral song that ended Stasimon 2, in which the combined chorus invited the audience to party, where they would find the door locked. Choral songs in Old Comedy often directed insults at the audience. Since Lysistrata is all about peace and love, however, the abuse is gentle, and the songs only tease the audience by offering ludicrous levels of hospitality and finish up with a reversal that amounts to, "just kidding!"