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Female Acts in Greek Tragedy

an encyclopedia of the workers in the American college fraternities and sororities, 1915

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        StatementPrinceton University Press
        PublishersPrinceton University Press
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        LC Classifications2009
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        Paginationxvi, 139 p. :
        Number of Pages50
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        ISBN 10nodata
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Female Acts in Greek Tragedy, Common Knowledge

Book Description: Although Classical Athenian ideology did not permit women to exercise legal, economic, and social autonomy, the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides often represent them as influential social and moral forces in their own right. Insofar as these familial issues are implicitly linked with the larger tensions in Attic democracy between the democratic masses and the aristocratic elite whom the masses both feared and relied on for stable leadership, these domestic issues can serve obliquely to illuminate a public set of historical tensions as well.

But every classics scholar should read it once and most will reread sections to consider again Foley's selected women. The book also interrogates the common association of women with magic, denaturalizing the gendered stereotype in the process.

Foley is Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University. Each part lays the historical and interpretive groundwork for its own section, but the issues discussed in earlier sections continue to play a role in later ones. Moreover, the plays use women to represent significant moral alternatives.

Female Acts in Greek Tragedy on JSTOR

Tragic Mothers: Maternal Persuasion in Euripides IV. Tragic women, however, frequently make important autonomous decisions, often in the absence of male guardians, and can deliberately flout the authority of their men.

She investigates three central and problematic areas in which tragic heroines act independently of men: death ritual and lamentation, marriage, and the making of significant ethical choices.

Pitting the fate of the individual against not just his own community but the cosmic world of the divine, it explores questions of loyalty and power, compassion and control, integrity and political expediency — and ultimately what it is to be human.