A grand, intelligent, alluring woman, Lysistrata organizes a sex strike not only in her hometown of Athens but in Sparta as well, all in the hope that the men of Greece might peacefully end the… (read full character analysis)
The fun-loving Athenian woman Kleonike is the first to respond to her neighbor Lysistrata’s summons at the beginning of the play. However, Kleonike conforms more to Athenian gender stereotypes than her neighbor does. She… (read full character analysis)
The conventional Athenian woman Myrrhine arrives guiltily late to Lysistrata’s summons at the beginning of the play, but once there she promises to do anything to end the war, even to cut herself in… (read full character analysis)
In Greek drama, a chorus is a homogenous, synchronized group of actors that typically comments on the action of the play and models the ideal audience response in speech, song, and dance; their leader and… (read full character analysis)
When the Chorus of Old Men fails to secure the Acropolis, the Commissioner of Public Safety comes on the scene to bring Lysistrata and her women to justice. The embodiment of patriarchal authority, law… (read full character analysis)
Kinesias is an Athenian citizen, Myrrhine’s husband, and the father of her baby boy. He approaches the Acropolis afflicted by a nasty attack of love (read: a painful erection) and attempts to seduce his… (read full character analysis)
A brawny representative Spartan, Lampito is the first woman to support Lysistrata’s plot for peace. While the Athenian women seize the Acropolis, Lampito returns to Sparta to organize a sex strike of her… (read full character analysis)
Ismenia is a pretty Boiotian girl who comes from an aristocratic family in Thebes, an ally of Sparta in the Peloponnesian League. She accompanies Lampito to Lysistrata’s summons, and remains in Athens as a… (read full character analysis)
Like Ismenia, the huge Corinthian girl accompanies Lampito to Lysistrata’s summons, and remains in Athens as a warmly welcome hostage until Athens and Sparta make peace. The Corinthian girl is distinguished by the… (read full character analysis)
The Female Koryphaios
The leader and spokesperson of the Chorus of Old Women. The spry Female Koryphaios gives and takes jabs and kicks from her male counterpart during the conflict at the Acropolis, but at the end of the play, the two Choruses are reconciled and unite as one.
The Male Koryphaios
The leader and spokesperson of the Chorus of Old Men, the Male Koryphaios is an especially foul self-proclaimed misogynist, but by the end of the play he breaks down and weeps at all the good the women have done him in brokering Peace.
The Spartan Herald
Toward the end of the play, the Spartan herald enters, bearing a message of Peace from his people. He also bears a painful erection that he desperately but unsuccessfully attempts to hide under his cloak.