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Antigone Rising Reviews

Antigone Rising by Helen Morales

Antigone Rising

The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths

Helen Morales

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2 reviews

Imprint: Wildfire
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication date: 14 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781472273604

A witty, inspiring reckoning with the ancient Greek and Roman myths and their legacy, from what they can illuminate about #MeToo to the radical imagery of Beyonce.

4 stars out of 5
24 Jul 2020

"In eight wide-ranging and lively chapters, Morales sets out how antiquity is used to control and oppress"

Our engagement with the ancient world – as Morales repeatedly shows in her discussions ranging from dieting to dress codes – “is a politicized business with reallife ramifications”. This book not only helps us to recognize and understand the role that ancient myth plays in our cultural hardwiring. It also shows us how antiquity can be used to do something about it. “The key to the work of changing the world”, Morales quotes Rebecca Solnit in the epigraph to one chapter, “is changing the story.” In Antigone Rising, Helen Morales gets to work.


5 stars out of 5
Charlotte Higgins
13 May 2020

"...both fond and irreverent, playful and critical"

Slim, punchy and galvanising, Antigone Rising brings the kind of challenge and insight that made Women and Power, by the author’s former colleague Mary Beard, such a popular success, but in its flavour and politics there is much more of the California radical – Morales is professor of Hellenic studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara – than the Cambridge realist...