CLAS 131 Notes 22

CLAS 131 Notes 22 - CLAS 131 Notes 22 Euripides, Medea...

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CLAS 131 Notes 22 Euripides, Medea Gender and Morality Be able to discuss Euripide’s Medea in the context of - ancient Greek stereotypes about women - traditional conceptions of moral principles Medea as Everywoman Medea’s first speech to Chorus (women of Corinth): 214-66 - The difficult situation of women in general in Greek society: 230-51 - Medea’s situation more difficult than that of women in general since she has no birth family (but note that all women were ‘foreigners’ in their husbands households): 252-58 - Appeal to solidarity: 259-61 - Appeal to negative stereotypes about women: 262-65 (why does Euripides end the speech this way?) Women in Greek Society Strong misogynistic streak (Hesiod; Hippolytus’ speech at Hipp. 615-50); typical? General acceptance (among men!) of the idea that women are inferior to men: physically, mentally, emotionally Women seen as physically weaker and unable to engage in strenuous activity Women seen as less capable of reason and more governed by emotions - easily give in to grief and fear - are superstitious and gullible - incapable of noble actions - have strong sexual appetites Women did not fight or hunt - Mythic exceptions prove the rule: Athena, Artemis, Amazons Women did not take part in political life or public life in general, with the exception of religious rituals Women in Athens were expected to have rather limited contact with men outside their
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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CLAS 131 Notes 22 - CLAS 131 Notes 22 Euripides, Medea...

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