Pandora's Jar (women In The Greek Myths)

By (author) Natalie Haynes
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In the many retellings of the Greek myths, the focus is generally on gods and heroes, but Natalie Haynes refocuses our gaze on the remarkable women at the centre of these ancient stories.
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''Funny, sharp explications of what these sometimes not-very-nice women were up to!'' – Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid''s Tale

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: Women in the Greek Myths, 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.

''A treasure box of classical delights. Never has ancient misogyny been presented with so much wit and style'' - historian Amanda Foreman


Biographical note
Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She writes for the Guardian and the Independent. She was a judge for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction, the 2013 Man Booker Prize, and the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Natalie is the author of novels: The Amber Fury, The Children of Jocasta and A Thousand Ships as well as non-fiction books: The Ancient Guide to Modern Life and Pandora''s Jar. She has spoken on the modern relevance of the classical world on three continents, from Cambridge to Chicago to Auckland. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4: reviewing for Front Row and Saturday Review, appearing as a team captain on three seasons of Wordaholics, as well as writing and presenting her own show Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics.
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In the many retellings of the Greek myths, the focus is generally on gods and heroes, but Natalie Haynes refocuses our gaze on the remarkable women at the centre of these ancient stories.
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Reading Pandora''s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes: Funny, sharp explications of what these sometimes not-very-nice women were up to, and how they sometimes made idiots of . . . but read on!
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If I''m ever prosecuted, I''d like Natalie Haynes to defend me. She argues persuasively, carving out space for women denied a voice (Medusa), overshadowed (Jocasta) and unjustly condemned (Helen of Troy) . . . Agile, rich, subversive, Pandora''s Jar proves that the classics are far from dead, and keep evolving with us.
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Haynes is a brilliant classicist as well as a stand-up comedian and with her latest offeri
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Author By (author) Natalie Haynes
Date Of Publication May 13, 2021
EAN 9781509873142
Contributors Natalie Haynes; Haynes Natalie
Publisher Picador
Languages English
Country of Publication United Kingdom
Width 131 mm
Height 197 mm
Thickness 21 mm
Product Forms Paperback / Softback
Availability in Stores Hamra, AUB University, ABC Verdun, Global
Weight 0.230000
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