Lysistrata takes place in Greece during the Peloponnesian War of 431 BC - 404 BC. The war was between Athens and Sparta, where Sparta ended up winning by the end. Athens's loss was due to many causes, like the Athenian government's corruption, which was overthrown during the war, and people attempting to change their governmental system into a dictatorial one. In this endeavor, they tried to make peace with Sparta but were overthrown in that process. Lysistrata was written in 411 BC when the government was being overthrown for the first time. Aristophanes, the author of Lysistrata, disapproved of the war and wanted to write a play that would communicate his distaste and why it should end. Also, he chose to depict female characters as the leads because women didn't share the same rights as men in Athens, and he wanted to portray how women were just as powerful as men. I think the fact that Aristophanes decided to be different and show a female character as the leading force to stopping the war is pretty cool, mainly because no one else at the time would do the same.
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