Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths (Hardback)Natalie Haynes (author)
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The women of Greek myth revisited and reassessed with wit and integrity by the acclaimed classicist, comedian and author of A Thousand Ships.
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. But modern tellers of Greek myth have usually been men, and have routinely shown little interest in telling women's stories. And when they do, those women are often painted as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil. But Pandora - the first woman, who according to legend unloosed chaos upon the world - was not a villain, and even Medea and Phaedra have more nuanced stories than generations of retellings might indicate.
Now, in Pandora's Jar, Natalie Haynes - broadcaster, writer and passionate classicist - redresses this imbalance. Taking Pandora and her jar (the box came later) as the starting point, she puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the menfolk. 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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 310
Weight: 518 g
Dimensions: 241 x 161 x 34 mm
'Natalie Haynes is the nation's muse.' - Adam Rutherford
'Beyonce, Star Trek, Ray Harryhausen... the most enjoyable book about Greek myths you will ever read, absolutely brimming with subversive enthusiasm.' - Mark Haddon
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“Ancient myth with a rapier wit? Yes please!”
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“Fantastic book for anyone interested in Greek mythology”
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