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Female Acts in Greek Tragedy
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date November 18, 2002
Pages 424
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691094922
ISBN-10 0691094926
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $46.00
Other format details university press
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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. Scholars have struggled to explain this seeming contradiction. Helene Foley shows how Greek tragedy uses gender relations to explore specific issues in the development of the social, political, and intellectual life in the polis. 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. Her anthropological approach, together with her literary analysis, allows for an unusually rich context in which to understand gender relations in ancient Greece.

This book examines, for example, the tragic response to legislation regulating family life that may have begun as early as the sixth century. It also draws upon contemporary studies of virtue ethics and upon feminist reconsiderations of the Western ethical tradition. Foley maintains that by viewing public issues through the lens of the family, tragedy asks whether public and private morality can operate on the same terms. Moreover, the plays use women to represent significant moral alternatives. Tragedy thus exploits, reinforces, and questions cultural clichés about women and gender in a fashion that resonates with contemporary Athenian social and political issues.



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Hardcover
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from Princeton Univ Pr (February 1, 2001)
9780691050300 | details & prices | 410 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $55.00
About: 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.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Princeton Univ Pr (November 18, 2002)
9780691094922 | details & prices | 424 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $46.00
About: 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.
Miscellaneous
from Princeton Univ Pr (February 15, 2001)
9781400824731 | details & prices | 424 pages | List price $33.95

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