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Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths

by Natalie Haynes

Rating: 5 out of 5.

On Goodreads I shelved this as Literary Criticism. I’ve pondered this & decided that this was the right shelf.

Ms Haynes takes us on a journey through the myths of Ancient Greeks, giving the feminine point of view & attempting a rescue of some much maligned reputations. She also shows us how often the (male) classical writers managed to show the female actions in the most unfavorable light.

This dedication sets Ms Haynes tone;

For my mum, who has always thought that a woman with an axe was more interesting than a princess

Another quote about my favourite – Medea;

As we saw with Clytemnestra, there were few things more alarming to ancient Greek men than the machinations of a clever woman, and Medea is the cleverest of them all.

Prinsep, Valentine Cameron; Medea the Sorceress; Southwark Art Collection;

I do love me some Pre-Raphaelite art.

The book manages to be both deep and light and witty – quite a good trick!

I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t re-read this book before the end of this year, I loved it so much!


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