chapter  9
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LYSISTRATA

Lysistrata was performed under the Kallias who succeeded Kleocritus as archon-in the year 411, that is to say-and was produced by Kallistratos: Argument I.34-5. No information has survived regarding the place-list and contest. However, the dramaturgy and setting of Lysistrata are those of a comedy intended for the Dionysian theatre, as observed in chapter 1. Similarly, its panhellenic propaganda, which is conveyed amongst other means by an abundance of non-Athenian characters and extras (from prologue to exodos more than a hundred lines are in the Laconian dialect), is better suited to the contests of the Dionysia than to those of the Lenaia, which were attended by the Athenians alone.1