Oh, indeed, a 'skytale,' is it? Well, well, speak out frankly; I
know all about these matters. How are things going at Sparta now?
Why, everything is turned upside down at Sparta; and all the
allies have erections. We simply must have Pellene.
What is the reason of it all? Is it the god Pan's doing?
No, it's all the work of Lampito and the women who are acting at
her instigation; they have kicked the men out from between their
But what are you doing about it?
We are at our wits' end; we walk bent double, just as if we were
carrying lanterns in a wind. The jades have sworn we shall not so much
as touch them till we have all agreed to conclude peace.
Ah! I see now, it's a general conspiracy embracing all Greece.
Go back to Sparta and bid them send envoys plenipotentiary to treat