Start Date

20-4-2017 12:45 PM

End Date

20-4-2017 2:00 AM

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Classical Literature and Philology

Subjects

Sophocles -- Criticism and interpretation, Sophocles -- Characters -- Women, Literature and society -- Greece -- Athens, Women -- Greece -- History, Women -- Greece -- Social conditions

Abstract

Ancient Greece was known for its achievements in democracy, new technologies, and, above all, artistic expression. The works of poets and playwrights in this time period not only reflected the culture and society, but also impacted it. Sophocles, arguably one of the most well-known playwrights in Greece in the 5th century BCE, wrote pieces that provide us with a strong commentary on what life was like for the people of Greece, particularly highlighting the roles that women played in society or were expected to play. This paper focuses on the lives of women in ancient Athens, one of Greece’s most prominent cities, and how their lives were both reflected in and impacted by the works of Sophocles during Athens’ Golden Age.

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Apr 20th, 12:45 PM Apr 20th, 2:00 AM

Athenian Women Through the Eyes of Sophocles (But Not Oedipus)

Ancient Greece was known for its achievements in democracy, new technologies, and, above all, artistic expression. The works of poets and playwrights in this time period not only reflected the culture and society, but also impacted it. Sophocles, arguably one of the most well-known playwrights in Greece in the 5th century BCE, wrote pieces that provide us with a strong commentary on what life was like for the people of Greece, particularly highlighting the roles that women played in society or were expected to play. This paper focuses on the lives of women in ancient Athens, one of Greece’s most prominent cities, and how their lives were both reflected in and impacted by the works of Sophocles during Athens’ Golden Age.