Bad Women of Greek Tragedy
Part of our Senior Symposia program for people over 50. All workshops are $10. Limited seating available! Walk-ins are not guaranteed admission. Online pre-registration strongly encouraged!
Presented by Rick Griffiths. Consider the enduring hits of the Greek stage: Antigone, The Trojan Women, Medea, Lysistrata, Electra, and even Hyppolytus. Given the dearth of other strong female protagonists before Shakespeare, it’s not surprising that Antigone, Hecuba and Lysistrata loom so large. These heroines came from the flowering of Athenian democracy, but that era was also one of the low points for the status and voice of women. The battle of the sexes that raged on the stage had in fact been settled in public life, with free women left veiled and sequestered. There is a mystery here: How did male playwrights, actors and audiences at an extreme moment of gender inequality somehow create female voices that rang and still ring powerfully true?
Rick Griffiths teaches in the departments of Classics and of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1972. He has written on Greek and Roman poetry, as well as on African American and (with a colleague) Russian novels.