Pandora's Jar : Women in the Greek Myths

Pandora's Jar : Women in the Greek Myths

Haynes, Natalie

Editorial Pan
Fecha de edición mayo 2021 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9781509873142
320 páginas
Libro encuadernado en tapa blanda
Dimensiones 130 mm x 197 mm


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Resumen del libro

'Funny, sharp explications of what these sometimes not-very-nice women were up to, and how they sometimes made idiots of . . .

but read on!' - Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's TaleThe Greek myths are among the world's most important cultural building blocks and they have been retold many times, but rarely do they focus on the remarkable women at the heart of these ancient stories. Stories of gods and monsters are the mainstay of epic poetry and Greek tragedy, from Homer to Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, from the Trojan War to Jason and the Argonauts. And still, today, a wealth of novels, plays and films draw their inspiration from stories first told almost three thousand years ago.

But modern tellers of Greek myth have usually been men, and have routinely shown little interest in telling women's stories. And when they do, those women are often painted as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil. But Pandora - the first woman, who according to legend unloosed chaos upon the world - was not a villain, and even Medea and Phaedra have more nuanced stories than generations of retellings might indicate.

Now, in Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths, Natalie Haynes - broadcaster, writer and passionate classicist - redresses this imbalance. Taking Pandora and her jar (the box came later) as the starting point, she puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the menfolk. After millennia of stories telling of gods and men, be they Zeus or Agamemnon, Paris or Odysseus, Oedipus or Jason, the voices that sing from these pages are those of Hera, Athena and Artemis, and of Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Eurydice and Penelope.

Biografía del autor

Natalie Haynes estudió Filología Clásica en Cambridge. Ha sido premiada por su trabajo como cómica y crítica literaria. Formó parte del jurado del premio Harrogate a la mejor novela policiaca en 2010, del Women;s Prize for Fiction en 2012 y del Premio Booker en 2013.




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