Download e-book for kindle: Aeschylus’s Suppliant Women: The Tragedy of Immigration by Geoffrey W. Bakewell

By Geoffrey W. Bakewell

ISBN-10: 029929174X

ISBN-13: 9780299291747

This ebook bargains a provocative interpretation of a comparatively ignored tragedy, Aeschylus's Suppliant Women. even supposing the play's topic is a venerable delusion, it frames the flight of the daughters of Danaus from Egypt to Greece in starkly modern phrases, emphasizing the stumble upon among beginners and natives. a few students learn Suppliant Women as modeling profitable social integration, yet Geoffrey W. Bakewell argues that the play demonstrates, mainly, the problems and hazards noncitizens delivered to the polis.

            Bakewell's procedure is carefully old, situating Suppliant Women within the context of the unparalleled immigration that Athens skilled within the 6th and 5th centuries BCE. The circulate of foreigners to Attika elevated lower than the Pisistratids yet grew to become a flood following liberation, Cleisthenes, and the Persian Wars. As Athenians of the classical period turned more and more conscious of their very own collective id, they sought to outline themselves and exclude others. They created a proper criminal prestige to designate the unfastened noncitizens residing between them, calling them metics and calling their prestige metoikia. while Aeschylus dramatized the legendary flight of the Danaids from Egypt in his play Suppliant Women, he did so in mild of his personal time and position. through the play, at once and in a roundabout way, he casts the beginners as metics and their remain in Greece as metoikia.

            Bakewell maps the manifold anxieties that metics created in classical Athens, exhibiting that even if voters benefited from the various immigrants of their midst, additionally they feared the results of immigration in political, sexual, and fiscal geographical regions. Bakewell unearths metoikia was once a deeply incorrect approach to the matter of large-scale immigration. Aeschylus's Argives authorised the Danaids as metics basically less than duress and as a short lived reaction to a challenge. just like the ancient Athenians, they opted for metoikia simply because they lacked higher alternatives.

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