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Gender In Lysistrata

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The satirical comedy known as Lysistrata was written in 411 B.C.E. by Aristophanes, an Athenian who “held the leaders of his city-state responsible for starting the Peloponnesian War” (75). This raunchy play depicts a group of women from all over Greece who come together to try to force their husbands to make peace. The group is led by the main character and namesake of the play, Lysistrata, who suggests abstaining from “cock and balls,” that is to refuse to have sex with their lovers or husbands, as well as seizing the Acropolis to gain control of the finances of Athens (80-81). The passage ends with the women swearing an oath to carry out their plan and immediately moving on to start the process with the taking over the Citadel. Although
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