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Classical Drama and Theatre

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This is, no doubt, more Aristophanic jibing at Euripides, who had recently produced a play called Ion in which the god Apollo ravishes a woman in this very cave. Aristophanes probably presumed his audience would infer that Cinesias got the idea to have sex with his wife in this cave from Euripides' play. But note that Aristophanes reverses the genders. In Lysistrata, the female uses the cave to best the male.

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