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Women in Greek Drama. Klytaimestra. The wife of king Agamemnon. In Aeschylus’ play Agamemnon (Oresteia) she takes a lover and kills her husband in the bath upon his return from Troy. In Choephoroi she is killed by her son Orestes. Electra. Daughter of Agamemnon and Klytaimestra.

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klytaimestra
Klytaimestra
  • The wife of king Agamemnon.
  • In Aeschylus’ play Agamemnon (Oresteia) she takes a lover and kills her husband in the bath upon his return from Troy.
  • In Choephoroi she is killed by her son Orestes.
electra
Electra
  • Daughter of Agamemnon and Klytaimestra.
  • She saves her brother Orestes as a baby, and waits for many years for revenge.
  • Lonely and paranoid, but resolutely determined
antigone
Antigone
  • Daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta.
  • She defies the order of Kreon not to bury her brother Polyneikes, motivated by religious duty.
  • As a result she is buried alive.
medea
Medea
  • The alien princess, wife of Jason.
  • She is very jealous when ditched by Jason in favor of Kreousa, the princess of Corinth.
  • She kills Kreousa, her father, and her children in order to punish her husband.
  • Into magic and dark rituals. Wild and untamed.
alcestis
Alcestis
  • Wife of kind Admettos, she willingly takes the place of her dying husband.
  • Thus she demonstrates strength and courage, instead of her husband’s weakness, and the roles are reversed. She is the man in the relationship.
phaedra
Phaedra
  • In Euripides’ play Hippolytos she falls in love with her husband’s son, and when he refuses, she tells her husband that she was raped.
  • Hippolytos is killed by a curse.
  • Seneca Phaedra
lysistrata
Lysistrata
  • A strong woman who in quest for peace brings together all Athenian women.
  • They deprive men of sex, until the sexually frustrated men break down and conclude peace with Sparta
ecclesiazousai
Ecclesiazousai
  • Praxagora convinces Athenian women to disguise as men, go to the Assembly and vote to surrender the city to the women.
  • Then she establishes an egalitarian, communist society, when all distinctions along lines of wealth and gender are eliminated.
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