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Pandora's jar : women in Greek myths / Natalie Haynes.

Haynes, Natalie, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 0063211319
  • ISBN: 9780063211315
  • ISBN: 9780063139466
  • ISBN: 0063139464
  • ISBN: 9780063211315
  • ISBN: 0063211319
  • Physical Description: 308 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2020 by Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan"--Copyright page.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-302).
Formatted Contents Note:
Pandora -- Jocasta -- Helen -- Medusa -- The Amazons -- Clytemnestra -- Eurydice -- Phaedra -- Medea -- Penelope.
Summary, etc.:
The Greek myths are among the world's most important cultural building blocks and they have been retold many times, but rarely do they focus on the remarkable women at the heart of these ancient stories. Stories of gods and monsters are the mainstay of epic poetry and Greek tragedy, from Homer to Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, from the Trojan War to Jason and the Argonauts. And still, today, a wealth of novels, plays and films draw their inspiration from stories first told almost three thousand years ago. But modern tellers of Greek myth have usually been men, and have routinely shown little interest in telling women's stories. And when they do, those women are often painted as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil. But Pandora--the first woman, who according to legend unloosed chaos upon the world-- was not a villain, and even Medea and Phaedra have more nuanced stories than generations of retellings might indicate. Now, in Pandora's Jar, Natalie Haynes--broadcaster, writer and passionate classicist-- redresses this imbalance. Taking Pandora and her jar (the box came later) as the starting point, she puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the menfolk. After millennia of stories telling of gods and men, be they Zeus or Agamemnon, Paris or Odysseus, Oedipus or Jason, the voices that sing from these pages are those of Hera, Athena and Artemis, and of Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Eurydice and Penelope.
Subject: Clytemnestra, Queen of Mycenae.
Hera (Greek deity)
Athena (Greek deity)
Artemis (Greek deity)
Eurydice (Greek mythological character)
Penelope (Greek mythological character)
Jocasta (Greek mythology)
Mythology, Greek.
Women > Mythology.
Jocaste (Mythologie grecque)
Mythologie grecque.
Femmes > Mythologie.
Genre: Literary criticism.
Critiques littéraires.

Available copies

  • 2 of 6 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Guilford Smith Library - South Windham.


  • 0 current holds with 6 total copies.
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Guilford Smith Library - South Windham 292.1308 HAY (Text) 34059145646168 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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