By Daniel Mendelsohn
The 1st full-length learn of youngsters of Herakles and Suppliant girls to seem in fifty years, Gender and town in Euripides' Political performs makes use of clean insights into the Greek perception of gender and the Athenian ideology of civic id to illustrate eventually the formal beauty and highbrow complexity of 2 works which are nonetheless brushed off as creative disasters in the poet's oeuvre.
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Compare, for instance, the comments of the French feminist critic Catherine Clément on the doomed heroines of 19th-cent. opera, whose creators did much the same ‘cultural work’ that Rabinowitz attributes to Euripides: ‘[W]hat catches them [the heroines] [is] a social system that is unable to tolerate their presence for fear of repudiating itself. Always, by some means or other, they cross over a rigorous, invisible line, the line that makes them unbearable; so they will have to be punished.
For invocations of the two myths in formal political rhetoric see Herodotos 9. 26 (cited above); Lysias 2. 7–10 (retrieval of Argive dead) and 2. 11–16 (assistance to the Heraklids); Isokrates, Panegyrikos 54–65 and Panathenaïkos 168– 74; cf. Plato, Menexenos 239b. For discussion of these passages see Collard, Supplices, i. 4, Loraux, The Invention of Athens, 60–70, and Mills, Theseus, Tragedy, 46 f. and 58–65. ’ 02_Mendelsohn 1&2 18/9/2002 10:21 am Page 15 Gender, Politics, Interpretation 15 these and other myths in order to promote its own interests.
81, Strabo 8. 6. 19, Pausanias 1. 44. 10; eyes gouged out by Alkmene: Apollod. 2. 8. 1; head buried at Trikorythos: Strabo 8. 6. 19. For the uniqueness of Children of Herakles’s version, on the other hand, see Emily A. McDermott, ‘Double Meaning and Mythic Novelty in Euripides’ Plays’, TAPA 121 (1991), 127 f. and 127 nn. 14–16. ³⁴ For Aithra’s limited visibility outside of Euripides, see Collard, Supplices, 5 n. ). For Evadne as a Euripidean innovation, see Collard, Supplices, 8 and n. 26; among other things, he notes the strange absence of any pictorial representation of Evadne’s suicide from surviving 5thcent.