Places Discussed

(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)

Trygaegus’s farm

Trygaegus’s farm. The play begins in a field in front of Trygaegus’s farmhouse outside of Athens where two servants are feeding a huge beetle upon whose back Trygaegus will fly to heaven to plead with the goddess Peace for an end to the Peloponnesian War. In the last part of the play, the group returns to Trygaegus’s farm for a celebration of a peaceful and fruitful harvest and a marriage to ensure the propagation of the Athenian population.

Heaven

Heaven. When Trygaegus reaches heaven, he meets Hermes, messenger of the gods, and discovers that Zeus has “washed his hands” of the Greeks and left control of heaven to the god of War, who has buried the goddess Peace.

Tomb of Peace

Tomb of Peace. Trygaegus goes to the Tomb of Peace and after some difficulty with various helpers from other Greek city-states and other occupations, he calls upon his fellow farmers to aid him in hoisting Peace out of her tomb. They do so and return to Trygaegus’s farm with Peace and her two handmaidens, Harvest Fruits and Celebration. At the farm a marriage is celebrated to ensure the ongoing fertility of Peace.