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Aeschylus: Suppliant Women

A. J. Bowen


Aeschylus starts his tetralogy boldly, making the Danaids themselves prologue, chorus and protagonist. Guided by their father Danaus, these girls have fled from Egypt, where their cousins want to marry them, to seek asylum in Argos: they claim descent from Io, who was driven to Egypt five generations earlier when Zeus' love for her was detected by jealous Hera. In the long first movement of the play, the Danaids argue their claim, pressing it with song and dance of pathos and power, upon the reluctant Argive king. He, forced eventually by their threat of suicide, puts the case to his people, w ... More

Keywords: Aeschylus, Argos, Egypt, Danaids, marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781908343789
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781908343789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. J. Bowen, author