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By Euripides

Incorporated: Alcestis, Hippolytus, Iphigenia in Taurus

Euripides' tragedies proved hugely debatable even in his personal lifetime, proposing his viewers with unforeseen twists of plot and violently severe feelings; for lots of of today's readers and spectators, he turns out nearly uncannily glossy in his insights. Euripides used to be the foremost determine in remodeling the popular figures of Greek mythology from awe-inspiring yet distant heroes into recognizable, fallible people. His characters, all fantastically eloquent, draw on fierce modern debates concerning the nature of justice, politics and faith. His girls are maybe the main sympathetically and powerfully provided in historical literature. Alcestis, the dramatist's first surviving paintings, is much less harrowing than the others, virtually a tragicomedy. the kids of Heracles examines the clash among may well and correct, whereas Hippolytus and Medea, of his maximum performs, display his profound realizing of damaging ardour. This new translation into dignified English prose makes one of many maximum of Greek writers available once more to a large public.

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Guilds and the Domestic Sphere The “Noah’s Flood” play from the Chester cycle depicts, in part, a family united in the practice of one trade: woodworking, specifically shipbuilding. In the beginning of the play Noah’s wife, his three sons, and their wives all work in some way to build, load, and supply the ark. The scene functions 36 THE DRAMA OF MASCULINITY on one level to construct the guild and the family as equals, united with one another across coterminous boundaries. While such a model was not unheard of in late medieval towns, a family working in support of the patriarch’s occupation was not the usual state of affairs.

Just as wealth and influence differed from guild to guild, so too did the experiences of apprentices. In occupations such as weaving, which faced severe economic hardships from the late fifteenth century on, apprentices were little more than a cheap source of labor, given few social or economic benefits. ”119 The appearance of an ordinance regulating the number of apprentices a guildsman could take on only made procuring them more desirable. Ultimately, the gap between the theory of apprenticeship and its practice was substantial.

What is more, over the MEN IN THE HOUSEHOLD, GUILD, AND CITY 19 course of the fifteenth century, what opportunities women had for household service began to diminish. As Goldberg writes, The evidence from York testamentary sources suggests that whereas a wide variety of artisans employed female alongside male servants during the earlier decades of the fifteenth century, by the end of the century they employed only male servants. In the generally wealthier mercantile households, however, servant groups became increasingly feminised.

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