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By Geoffrey W. Bakewell

This ebook deals a provocative interpretation of a comparatively ignored tragedy, Aeschylus's Suppliant Women. even though the play's topic is a venerable delusion, 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, exceptionally, the problems and hazards noncitizens dropped at the polis.

            Bakewell's procedure is conscientiously historic, situating Suppliant Women within the context of the unparalleled immigration that Athens skilled within the 6th and 5th centuries BCE. The move of foreigners to Attika elevated less than 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 residing 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. through the play, at once and in some way, he casts the beginners as metics and their remain in Greece as metoikia.

            Bakewell maps the manifold anxieties that metics created in classical Athens, displaying that even supposing voters benefited from the numerous 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 approach to the matter of large-scale immigration. Aeschylus's Argives approved the Danaids as metics in basic terms lower than duress and as a brief reaction to a hindrance. just like the ancient Athenians, they opted for metoikia simply because they lacked larger alternatives.

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