Lysistrata (died 1511) was a wealthy Byzantine actress. She lived a luxurious, nonchalant life in Constantinople, where she was schooled in the arts by the Templars. In return for their help, Lysistrata used her alluring charm on visiting Ottoman officials, much to their benefit.
Confrontation with the Assassins
In 1511, Lysistrata met with a male contact, with whom she walked through Constantinople's Imperial South District. However, curious to her intentions, the pair were tailed by an Assassin, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and one of his apprentices.
While the Italian Mentor's apprentice followed Lysistrata and her contact as they weaved their way through the streets, Ezio tailed them from the rooftops. From there, Lysistrata and the man eventually arrived at the city's Hippodrome, where they stopped to talk for a few moments.
During that time, Ezio's apprentice made their way onto a section of the Hippodrome's steps just above where Lysistrata stood. However, noticing the Assassin apprentice, Lysistrata stabbed her contact in the abdomen, before throwing a smoke bomb to conceal her escape. Reacting quickly, the apprentice attempted to assassinate Lysistrata, but it was too late, as she had already fled.
Determined to end her life, Ezio and his Assassin recruit attempted to chase after her, but only came to the gory sight of many bodies piled atop each other, all male, revealing her intentions would have been the same despite their interruption.
Later that same year, Ezio met again with his more experienced apprentice, now a den leader, who told him that Lysistrata planned to make a public performance under a stage name. Ezio remarked that Lysistrata knew better, but that her vanity had overcome her, before departing for the waterfront performance with his apprentice.
Upon reaching the waterfront, both of them agreed to carry out the mission together to ensure Lysistrata was killed. After their conversation, Ezio then made his way down to the small crowd, and assassinated Lysistrata in the middle of one of her speeches.
In her final moments, Lysistrata claimed that although the Assassins did their job well, they would create a bland world if their fight succeeded.
- Lysistrata is named after the eponymous play by Aristophanes, featuring an Athenian woman by the same name, who attempts to put an end to the Peloponnesian War by convincing women to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers. The piece Lysistrata is heard reciting right before her assassination comes from the play.
- Lysistrata comes from the Greek words lysis ("loosening, a release") and stratos ("army"). As a whole, the name thus means "dissolver of armies".