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Natalie Haynes

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. 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: Women in the Greek Myths, 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.

Beyoncé, Star Trek, Ray Harryhausen [...] the most enjoyable book about Greek myths you will ever read, absolutely brimming with subversive enthusiasm.
-Mark Haddon

 

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A Thousand Ships

Paperback, 23/07/2020, £8.99
£8.09
A feminist retelling of the Trojan War - giving voices to the women the myths forgot . . .

Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths

Paperback, 13/05/2021, £9.99
£8.99
In the many retellings of the Greek myths, the focus is generally on gods and heroes, but Natalie Haynes refocuses our gaze on the remarkable women at the centre of these ancient stories.

The Children of Jocasta

Paperback, 29/04/2021, £8.99
£8.09
From the Women's Prize shortlisted author Natalie Haynes comes a stunning reimagining of the Oedipus and Antigone myths, revealing a new side of an ancient story . . .

Ancient Guide To Modern Life

Hardback, 03/05/2012, £9.99
£8.99
Our lives are infinitely richer if we take the time to look at what the Greeks and Romans have given us in politics and law, religion and philosophy and education, and to learn how people really lived in Athens, Rome, Sparta and Alexandria. This book shows how we are living very much like people did 2,000 or more years ago.

 

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