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form of a beautiful nude girl is brought in by the Machine.) Lead


hither the Laconian envoys. But, look you, no roughness or violence;


our husbands always behaved so boorishly. Bring them to me with


smiles, as women should. If any refuse to give you his hand, then take


hold of his tool. Bring up the Athenians too; you may lead them either


way. Laconians, approach; and you, Athenians, on my other side. Now


hearken all! I am but a woman; but I have good common sense; Nature


has endowed me with discriminating judgment, which I have yet


further developed, thanks to the wise teachings of my father and the


elders of the city. First I must bring a reproach against you that


applies equally to both sides. At Olympia, and Thermopylae, and


Delphi, and a score of other places too numerous to mention, you


celebrate before the same altars ceremonies common to all Hellenes;


yet you go cutting each other's throats, and sacking Hellenic


cities, when all the while the barbarian yonder is threatening you!


That is my first point.


MAGISTRATE (devouring the goddess with his eyes)


Good god, this erection is killing me!


LYSISTRATA


Now it is to you I address myself, Laconians. Have you forgotten


how Periclidas, your own countryman, sat a suppliant before our

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