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Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays

Daniel Mendelsohn


This book is a study of Euripides' so-called ‘political plays’ (Children of Herakles and Suppliant Women). Still disdained as the anomalously patriotic or propagandistic works of a playwright elsewhere famous for his subversive, ironic, artistic ethos, the two works in question — notorious for their uncomfortable juxtaposition of political speeches and scenes of extreme feminine emotion — continue to be dismissed by scholars of tragedy as artistic failures unworthy of the author of Medea, Hippolytus, and Bacchae. This study makes use of recent insights into classical Greek conceptions of gende ... More

Keywords: Children of Herakles, Suppliant Women, irony, political plays, feminine emotion, gender, civic identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199249565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Mendelsohn, author
Writer and critic living in New York and Lecturer in the Department of Classics at Princeton University