The Greek myths are among the world’s most important cultural blocks and have been retold many times. But they rarely focus on the remarkable women at the heart of these ancient stories. Modern tellers of Greek myth have usually been men, and have routinely shown little interest in telling women’s narratives. And when they do, those women are often painted as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil.
In Pandora’s Jar, Natalie Haynes – broadcaster, writer and passionate classicist – redresses this imbalance. After millennia of stories telling of gods and men, be they Zeus or Agamemnon, Paris or Odysseus, Oedipus or Jason, the voices that sing from these pages are those of Pandora, Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Medea, Eurydice and Penelope.