In this, Aristophanes’ most popular play, sex-or lack of it becomes a powerful agent of reconciliation. As war ravages the mighty city-states of ancient Greece, a band of women, led by Lysistrata of Athens, a makes a pact–to deny their husbands all sexual favors until they lay aside their weapons. Dismayed and frustrated, the men retaliate and a battle of the sexes begins.
Written with bawdy abandon and unparalleled wit, Lysistrata 1S at once a powerful indictment of the insanity of war, and a sexual comedy without peer in the history of theater. That it remains both popular and accessible to the contemporary reader proves that the issues and themes that make compelling art never grow outdated.