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Aeschylus's Suppliant women : the tragedy of immigration

Author: Geoffrey W Bakewell
Publisher: Madison : The University of Wisconsin Press, ©2013.
Series: Wisconsin studies in classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Politics, sex, and refugees in the ancient world. This book offers a provocative interpretation of a relatively neglected tragedy, Aeschylus's Suppliant Women. Although the play's subject is a venerable myth, it frames the flight of the daughters of Danaus from Egypt to Greece in starkly contemporary terms, emphasizing the encounter between newcomers and natives. Some scholars read Suppliant Women as modeling  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Aeschylus.; Aeschylus.; Eschyle.; Aeschylus; Eschyle.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey W Bakewell
ISBN: 9780299291747 029929174X 9780299291730 0299291731
OCLC Number: 809789679
Description: x, 209 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Charter myth for metoikia --
Spoken like a metic --
The cypriote stamp --
Sons of earth.
Series Title: Wisconsin studies in classics.
Responsibility: Geoffrey W. Bakewell.

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Politics, sex, and refugees in the ancient world. This book offers a provocative interpretation of a relatively neglected tragedy, Aeschylus's Suppliant Women. Although the play's subject is a venerable myth, it frames the flight of the daughters of Danaus from Egypt to Greece in starkly contemporary terms, emphasizing the encounter between newcomers and natives. Some scholars read Suppliant Women as modeling successful social integration, but Geoffrey W. Bakewell argues that the play demonstrates, above all, the difficulties and dangers noncitizens brought to the polis. Bakewell's approach is rigorously historical, situating Suppliant Women in the context of the unprecedented immigration that Athens experienced in the sixth and fifth centuries BCE. The flow of foreigners to Attika increased under the Pisistratids but became a flood following liberation, Cleisthenes, and the Persian Wars. As Athenians of the classical era became increasingly aware of their own collective identity, they sought to define themselves and exclude others. They created a formal legal status to designate the free noncitizens living among them, calling them metics and calling their status metoikia. When Aeschylus dramatized the mythical flight of the Danaids from Egypt in his play Suppliant Women, he did so in light of his own time and place. Throughout the play, directly and indirectly, he casts the newcomers as metics and their stay in Greece as metoikia. Bakewell maps the manifold anxieties that metics created in classical Athens, showing that although citizens benefited from the many immigrants in their midst, they also feared the effects of immigration in political, sexual, and economic realms. Bakewell finds metoikia was a deeply flawed solution to the problem of large-scale immigration. Aeschylus's Argives accepted the Danaids as metics only under duress and as a temporary response to a crisis. Like the historical Athenians, they opted for metoikia because they lacked better alternatives. -- Publisher's description.

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"Besides being one of our oldest plays, "Suppliant Women "is the first depiction, in any genre, of what happens when women fleeing sexual violence in their home monarchy seek asylum in a nearby Read more...

 
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