Feminism in Greek Literature

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This study, published in 1923, examines the views regarding women's place in Ancient Greek society based especially on the writings of Homer, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plato, Socrates and Aristotle. As the author offers his opinion and judgement, that at times reflect views on women, homosexuality and other social groups and themes that might be considered controversial now, he leaves an interesting picture of the state of Classical scholarship in the early 20th century.

"There is a question sometimes put to scholars, a doubt often latent in scholars' minds — How was it that Greek civilisation, with all its high ideals and achievements, fell so easily before what seems at first sight an altogether inferior culture? The fact is — and it is as well to state it plainly — that the Greek world perished from one main cause, a low ideal of womanhood and a degradation of women which found expression both in literature and in social life. The position of women and the position of slaves — for the two classes went together — were the canker-spots which, left unhealed, brought about the decay first of Athens and then of Greece." (From Introduction) (5 hr 29 min)


Introduction 6:43 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
The Early Epic 12:10 Read by DaveWindell
The Ionians and Hesiod 16:05 Read by DaveWindell
The Lyric Poets 22:55 Read by Sarah Lorenowich
The Milesian Tales 20:06 Read by DaveWindell
Athens in the Fifth Century 20:06 Read by April6090
Aeschylus and Sophocles 22:06 Read by DaveWindell
Euripides 37:52 Read by DaveWindell
Euripides: The Four Feminist Plays 28:39 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
The Socratic Circle 21:23 Read by Sarah Lorenowich
Aristophanes 25:52 Read by Sarah Lorenowich
Plato 22:23 Read by Ciufi Galeazzi
The Attic Orators 26:46 Read by DaveWindell
Aristotle 46:03 Read by DJRickyV