translated by Kenneth McLeish
What’s a woman to do when the men refuse to stop fighting a war? Withhold the only thing the men want more than war: sex. Seizing the advantage of their domestic power, Lysistrata leads her fellow Greek women in a country-wide sex-strike. The women stand strong against the strike-breaking activities of their husbands, but not all the strikers are quite so willing to give up the pleasures of the flesh . . .
One of Aristophanes’ most frequently adapted plays, Lystistrata retains its resonance and hilarity to this day. It continues to reflect the struggles of women in war, and has been evoked and made newly relevant by real-life sex-strikes in modern war zones. Bawdy, cutting, and inspiring, it is among the finest works of classical comedy.