Comedy by the Greek playwright Aristophanes
, first produced in 425BC. Quite a bit Older Than Feudalism
Essentially a plea for peace and an end to The Peloponnesian War
, which by the time of the play's debut had been raging for five years, the story revolves around Dikaiopolis, an old, war-weary farmer who longs to return home and is increasingly frustrated with the failure of the authorities to pursue peace. After he attends yet another ineffectual Assembly meeting which seems to be determined to discuss anything but
peace, Dikaiopolis encounters an Immortal named Amphitheus, who offers to sell a private peace to the farmer. Dikaiopolis agrees and returns home to enjoy the fruits of his peace with the Spartans, but in the process, he infuriates many of his fellow Athenians. And so he attempts to convince them of the virtue of peace
, wagering his own head on his success.
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