Laken’s Categorized Bibliography

My categorized bibliography is below, but I wanted to provide a few notes on the categories/themes I mentioned that are related to history: Historiography: This refers to the act of doing/writing history (which is actually from the Greek words ἱστορία and γράφω). Although there can be exceptions, it typically refers to using primary sources to produce a …

Laken’s Thesis Portrait

At this point in my research for my thesis, I’m planning to center my work around this argument: The feminized grieving and mourning rituals seen in Aeschylus’ Persians by non-Greek men (i.e., Xerxes and the elderly chorus) represent 5th century Athenian collective memory of the Persians/the Persian Wars and serve as a means of othering the Persian …

Laken’s Research Questions

My original thesis post is linked here, but I am planning to analyze how gendered depictions of grief via Xerxes in Aeschylus’ Persians fit into the political agenda of the tragedy as a means to “other” the Persian characters in front of an Athenian audience post-Persian War. I aim to discuss this in conversation with other tragedies and …

Laken’s Thesis Idea: The Power of Grief and its Role of Othering in War-Themed Tragedy

I spent most of the summer considering possible thesis topics, but the only thing I knew for certain was that I wanted to do something related to tragedy and possibly history. I read through almost all of the surviving tragedies from the three major tragedians over the course of a few months, and I was …

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