Lysistrata

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 warmly welcome hostage until Athens and Sparta make peace. She never speaks, but she does repel a policeman by brandishing “a huge pair of pincers.”
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Ismenia Character Timeline in Lysistrata

The timeline below shows where the character Ismenia appears in Lysistrata. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Lines 1 – 253
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...Soon after, the brawny Spartan woman Lampito enters, along with a pretty Boiotian girl named Ismenia and a huge, big-butted Corinthian girl. Lysistrata welcomes all, and showers the out-of-towners with compliments.... (full context)
Lines 254 – 705
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...with a chamber pot. Myrrhine repels a third policeman by brandishing a blazing lamp, and Ismenia repels the fourth by brandishing “a huge pair of pincers.” (full context)
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...The Female Koryphaios isn’t afraid: she’s got friends from Sparta and Thebes, like Lampito and Ismenia. The worst the men can do, she mocks, is pass some absurd law. She grabs... (full context)