Aristophanes wrote what is perhaps his most recognized work in the modern world, Lysistrata. In it, the Athenian title character concocts a plan to end the Peloponnesian War. Her plan is simply that the women of Athens make a pact to withhold sexual favors of any kind from their husbands until the war is ended. The older women of Athens, including widows, take control of the Acropolis and thus, the purse strings for the war. There are warring choruses, one of old men and one of old women, and Lysistrata is questioned by a magistrate as to her reasoning. She explains that women have no choice when it comes to war and that decisions are made for them.
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