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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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Suppliant Women Regulations of the Feminine

Suppliant Women Regulations of the Feminine

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(p.135) 3 Suppliant Women Regulations of the Feminine
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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/9780199249565.003.0003

This chapter analyses Euripides' play, Suppliant Women. Suppliant Women is an Eleusinian play; and at Eleusis, as in the play, the feminine is omnipresent. Euripides' drama recapitulates the experience of all mortal women. Like the myth, which is most fully and famously transmitted through the ‘Homeric’ hymn to Demeter, this play presents young women and old; women who are fertile as well as those past childbearing; girls who, through their fathers' trickery, are given away in marriage; brides who go down to Hades to meet their husbands; and grieving mothers who leave their proper places in helpless search of their lost children.

Keywords:   Euripides, political plays, Suppliant Women, Eleusinian playy, Eleusis, women

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