Politics and gender conflict in Greek drama

In this recording of a lecture, Dr Jon Hesk discusses Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Euripides’ Medea and Sophocles’ Antigone.  He shows how these plays’  representations of their female protagonists provided Athenian men with important food for thought concerning their own roles and responsibilities within the city and the household.  In the case of Aristophanes, however, we have to distinguish between some of Lysistrata’s more serious remarks and the tenor of the play as a whole.

You can find the handout here and the accompanying slides here.

You can also check out the St. Andrews project on Greek drama here.

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