The Satire of Classical Maenadism

In this article, we will examine how maenads and satyrs — the female and male followers of Dionysus, respectfully — are represented in both Classical iconographic and literary sources. The depictions of intoxication, sexual abuse, and animalistic features associated with maenads and satyrs ultimately acts to reinforce ideological standards for women to behave according to the accepted social and cultural beliefs in Classical Greece by presenting the followers of Dionysus through satirical means. … More The Satire of Classical Maenadism

The Oecus of ‘Bad’ Women in the House of Jason at Pompeii

Medea: Oh what an evil to men is passionate love! Creon: That would depend on the luck that goes along with it. Euripides, Medea, 330-331 Introduction The House of Jason, officially IX.5.18, admittedly does not look like much to the modern visitor of Pompeii. Its walls are bare and crumbling. Only traces of plaster and … More The Oecus of ‘Bad’ Women in the House of Jason at Pompeii