Natalie Haynes: Pandora's Jar - Women in the Greek Myths
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'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
The 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.
Taking Pandora and her jar (the box came later) as the starting point, Natalie Haynes puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with men. 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.