Tag: ancient greece

What cruelty without wisdom

(The above is highlights of a marionette version of Antigone produced this year…..) Antigone is the reading which has affected me the most (in the tragic sense) thus far in our curriculum. A young woman who has lost almost everything – her father and…

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Place in Euripides’ Medea

Class discussion about Medea raised some interesting points which hadn’t occurred to me on my first two readings of the text where I focused mainly on gender and the division between revenge and justice. Specifically some inquiries related to place were raised that I…

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Some initial thoughts on Medea. (1)

One of two readings for tonight’s class – I’m having a hard time coming up with anything about Medea that doesn’t seem cliche – perhaps because this myth of the passionately, murderously motivated woman is so done, so analyzed, so interpreted through every possible…

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Not clad in diaphanous garments, nor shod in dainty slippers

I will have naught to do whether with lover or husband Albeit he comes to me with strength and passion I will live at home in perfect chastity Beautifully dressed and wearing a saffron-coloured gown To this end I may inspire my husband with…

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Laundry, love and the lyre (Sappho 2)

(Above video an example of the ancient Greek Lyre – in the style that Sappho would most likely have played). Of all the things I’ve read so far, Sappho was the writer who drove me immediately from reading into writing down my impressions of…

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