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Lysistrata is one of the few surviving plays written by the master of Old Comedy, Aristophanes.
Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end The Peloponnesian War, the war between Athens and Sparta. Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace, a strategy however that inflames the battle between the sexes.
The play is notable for its exposť of sexual relations in a male-dominated society and for its use of both double entendre and explicit obscenities. The dramatic structure represents a shift away from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career.
Aristophanes created a true classic; a deep source of humor that has kept audiences laughing for some 2,400 years.
Fully Illustrated by Pablo Picasso, this edition of Lysistrata contains six etched copperplates and forty pencil drawings.
Each plate, each drawing, bears witness to his mastery of method and technique. His line is sure, confident; it cries out to the world that the man who drew it knows what he was about. And the line is pure, it is that sort of line of which even the Greeks used to say that this is "pure Grecian line."