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Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman

Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman

Nicole Loraux

ISBN 9780674902268

Publication date: 10/01/1991

In ordinary life an Athenian woman was allowed no accomplishments beyond leading a quiet and exemplary existence as wife and mother. Her glory was to have no glory. In Greek tragedy, however, women die violently and, through violence, master their own fate. It is a genre that delights in blurring the formal frontier between masculine and feminine. Through the subtlety of her reading of these powerful and ambiguous texts, Nicole Loraux elicits an array of insights into Greek attitudes toward death, sexuality, and gender.


  • A vivid demonstration of how women die in Greek tragedy… Exciting and erudite…the graceful scholarship and sound judgment that Loraux demonstrates should nudge the classical tradition toward more writing in this direction.

    —John Chioles, New York Times Book Review


  • Nicole Loraux was Professor of History and Anthropology of the Greek Polis at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She was the author of The Divided City, The Children of Athena, The Experiences of Tiresias, and Mothers in Mourning, among other titles.

Book Details

  • 114 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press