I laugh at them. Neither threats nor flames shall force our doors;
they shall open only on the conditions I have named.
Yes, yes, by Aphrodite; otherwise we should be called cowardly and
(She follows LYSISTRATA out.)
(The scene shifts to the entrance of the Acropolis. The CHORUS
OF OLD MEN slowly enters, carrying faggots and pots of fire.)
LEADER OF CHORUS OF OLD MEN
Go easy, Draces, go easy; why, your shoulder is all chafed by
these damned heavy olive stocks. But forward still, forward, man, as
FIRST SEMI-CHORUS OF OLD MEN (singing)
What unlooked-for things do happen, to be sure, in a long life!
Ah! Strymodorus, who would ever have thought it? Here we have the
women, who used, for our misfortune, to eat our bread and live in
our houses, daring nowadays to lay hands on the holy image of the
goddess, to seize the Acropolis and draw bars and bolts to keep any