Eurykleia and Her Successors

Eurykleia and Her Successors : Female Figures of Authority in Greek Poetics

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In Greek literature from Homer to Euripides, the Nurse is a central figure of authority, but until now no one has attempted a systematic, comprehensive study of her. Examining Nurse figures in ancient Greek epic and drama, Helen Pournara Karydas focuses on the the verbal manifestations of the Nurse's authority-advice, approval, disapproval, directions and orders. She reveals its roots in the models of female hierarchy in early choral lyric performances, demonstrating how the poetics of female paideia in those performances are appropriated and reshaped in the poetics of epic and tragedy.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 147 x 229 x 12mm | 304g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0822630672
  • 9780822630678
  • 2,506,765

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 The Role of Eurykleia in the Odyssey Part 3 Nurses in Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides Part 4 The Nurse in Hippolytus Chapter 5 Conclusion
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This book is a timely and welcome exploration of the development of what is more than simply a literary stereotype. . . . this study is a valuable contribution to the study of marginal women in Greek literature. -- Judith Fletcher * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
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About Helen Pournara Karydas

Helen Pournara Karydas is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and teaches classics at the Boston Latin School.
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