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By Geoffrey W. Bakewell

This ebook deals a provocative interpretation of a comparatively ignored tragedy, Aeschylus's Suppliant Women. 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 novices and natives. a few students learn Suppliant Women as modeling profitable social integration, yet Geoffrey W. Bakewell argues that the play demonstrates, peculiarly, the problems and hazards noncitizens delivered to the polis.

            Bakewell's strategy is carefully ancient, situating Suppliant Women within the context of the unheard of immigration that Athens skilled within the 6th and 5th centuries BCE. The movement 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 identification, they sought to outline themselves and exclude others. They created a proper criminal 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, without delay and not directly, he casts the rookies as metics and their remain in Greece as metoikia.

            Bakewell maps the manifold anxieties that metics created in classical Athens, exhibiting that even supposing voters benefited from the various 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 unsuitable method to the matter of large-scale immigration. Aeschylus's Argives approved the Danaids as metics purely lower than duress and as a short lived reaction to a concern. just like the historic Athenians, they opted for metoikia simply because they lacked greater alternatives.

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