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Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays$
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Daniel Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249565.001.0001

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Children of Herakles Territories of the Other

Children of Herakles Territories of the Other

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(p.50) 2 Children of Herakles Territories of the Other
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Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays
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Daniel Mendelsohn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249565.003.0002

This chapter analyses the play, Children of Herakles. The play is a drama of displacement, underscoring the problematics of place — the priorities and codes that govern religious, political, and social space. It opens with a shocking violation of the religious space represented by the altar standing at the centre of the orkhestra; it traces the desperate flight of a hero's kin who, deprived by exile of their political status, are forced to wander from polis to polis; and its high point is the self-sacrifice of a young girl who, in order to perform her heroic deed, must cross the invisible but culturally well-guarded border between male and female spaces.

Keywords:   Euripedes, political plays, Children of Herakles, politics of dislocation, girl, women, displacement, transformation, Alkemene, Eurystheus

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