We have come to treat for peace.
Well said; we are of the same mind. Better call Lysistrata,
then; she is the only person will bring us to terms.
Yes, yes-and Lysistratus into the bargain, if you will.
Needless to call her; she has heard your voices, and here she
(She comes out of the Acropolis.)
LEADER OF CHORUS OF OLD MEN
Hail, boldest and bravest of womankind! The time is come to show
yourself in turn uncompromising and conciliatory, exacting and
yielding, haughty and condescending. Call up all your skill and
artfulness. Lo! the foremost men in Hellas, seduced by your
fascinations, are agreed to entrust you with the task of ending
It will be an easy task-if only they refrain from mutual
indulgence in masculine love; if they do, I shall know the fact at
once. Now, where is the gentle goddess Peace? (The goddess, in the