Aristophanes is often considered the father of old comedy, the undisputed champion among ancient comedic playwrights. And of all of his extant works, it is Lysistrata that remains a true crowd favorite and something of a guilty pleasure for classical readers.
The year is 411 BC. The Peloponnesian War has been raging for years, and both of the combatants, Athens and Sparta, have suffered terrible losses. There seems to be no end to the bloodshed. That is until Lysistrata, our heroine, comes forward with a cunning plan to promptly end the war.
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Commentary by Nicole Saldarriaga