Gender in Greek Tragedy

Athens 2004 - Opening Ceremony

I am rereading some of the great Greek plays and playwrights in order to give myself food for thought for my thesis film which is a modern retelling of a famous Greek myth. What struck me when reading Euripides was how gender politics represents itself similarly in a play from around 400 B.C.E. as might be discussed today. In Andromache, the Chorus Leader warns Hermione:

You speak too freely against your fellow women –
forgivable in you, perhaps, but still,
women should cover up other women’s failings.

Hard to believe this was written 2400 years ago…

– Jennifer Dean

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