CLA232H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Euripides

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Male vs female was central to greek thought, because the men were everything in terms of culture and society (politicians, generals, etc) Medea is female and barbarian as well as a witch so it s a good bridge into this form of alterity. Play stages a conflict b/w medea who is a female, barbarian witch and her husband who is a. Aristophanes s play birds says one of the advantages of being a bird is that can fly home during city dionysia if it gets boring can fly home and have sex with neighbours wife. So if there were women in the audience they were probably foreigners, concubines, low-class: heroes were idolized and sometimes worshipped so it was another reason for. Euripides to: grew up in a culture that respects men over women, remember city dionysia is a civic event (citziens paid for the production & their tickets were subsidized)

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