Mothers in Mourning: Moral and Legal Issues (Myth and Poetics) (Paperback)

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By Nicole Loraux, Corinne Pache (Translator)
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"Nicole Loraux brilliantly elucidates how Athenian politics were 'gendered' in the Classical period. She investigates the Athenian state's interdiction of ritualized mourning by women, in a city where public mourning constituted a vital act of civic self-definition and solidarity. "As Loraux shows, the silencing and exclusion of female--especially maternal--claims to a crucial relationship with the city's fallen war heroes served, and was reinforced by, the ideologically charged, distinctively Athenian notion of the polis as mother of its citizens. But, Loraux points out, the voice and audience that were denied the bereaved women in the political arena were made available to them in the Athenian theater. She focuses on the representation of mothers in mourning in the myths that are the substance of epic poetry and, principally, in Athenian drama, where the dire, menacing implications of their relentless grief are exposed and played out."Using evidence from sources as diverse as legal inscriptions, forensic oratory, ancient historiography, and early religious treatises, Loraux once again illuminates the culture of democracy, specifically the institutional suppression of women as a political and social force in the most flourishing period of Athenian history."--Laura M. Slatkin, University of ChicagoThis volume includes translations of the book "Les meres en deuil" and the essay "De l'amnistie et de son contraire."

About the Author


The late Nicole Loraux was the author of several books, including The Experiences of Tiresias: The Feminine and the Greek Man. Corinne Pache is a teaching fellow in the Department of Classics at Harvard University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780801482427
ISBN-10: 0801482429
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: January 27th, 1998
Pages: 136
Language: English
Series: Myth and Poetics