By Geoffrey W. Bakewell

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

            Bakewell's method is carefully ancient, situating Suppliant Women within the context of the exceptional immigration that Athens skilled within the 6th and 5th centuries BCE. The circulate of foreigners to Attika elevated below 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 felony prestige to designate the loose noncitizens dwelling 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. in the course of the play, at once and ultimately, he casts the beginners as metics and their remain in Greece as metoikia.

            Bakewell maps the manifold anxieties that metics created in classical Athens, displaying that even supposing electorate benefited from the numerous immigrants of their midst, additionally they feared the results of immigration in political, sexual, and financial geographical regions. Bakewell reveals metoikia was once a deeply fallacious method to the matter of large-scale immigration. Aeschylus's Argives authorised the Danaids as metics simply less than duress and as a short lived reaction to a situation. just like the ancient Athenians, they opted for metoikia simply because they lacked higher alternatives.

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This booklet bargains a provocative interpretation of a comparatively ignored tragedy, Aeschylus's Suppliant ladies. even if the play's topic is a venerable fantasy, it frames the flight of the daughters of Danaus from Egypt to Greece in starkly modern phrases, emphasizing the come upon among beginners and natives.

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