Athens and Women's Roles
...Antigone and Medea both serve to express the powers of women as equals of men. Antigone's defiance of Creon expresses how the female gender can also usurp male power. Creon, however, undermines this power and stresses that while he is alive, “no woman shall rule” (Sophocles, 578). Medea complains of the gender oppression in her times: “Of all creatures that have life and reason, we women are the most miserable of specimens!...” (Euripides, 230-231). Clytemnestra rules while the king is gone, but it is evident from the Chorus that because she is “merely” (Aeschylus, 348) is a woman, she... ? Athens and Women's Roles August 14, Women’s roles in “Agamemnon,” “Antigone,” and “Medea” Women serve various roles ...