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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

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

Daniel Mendelsohn

Oxford University Press

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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