Societal Attitudes Toward Metics in Fifth-Century Athens through the Lens of Aeschylus’s Suppliants and Euripides’ Children of Heracles

1§1 Fifth-century B.C.E. Athenians grouped themselves together based on citizenship. Metics, who were non-citizen resident aliens, found themselves excluded from many aspects of city life because they were not citizens. But how did Athenian citizens view the metics living among them? Aeschylus’ Suppliants reveals xenophobic attitudes toward metics among Athenians in the early fifth century B.C.E., … Read moreSocietal Attitudes Toward Metics in Fifth-Century Athens through the Lens of Aeschylus’s Suppliants and Euripides’ Children of Heracles

Abstract – Societal Attitudes Toward Metics through the Lens of Aeschylus’ Suppliants and Euripides’ Children of Heracles

Victoria Roeck, University of Notre Dame Faculty mentor: Christopher Baron In this paper, I investigate societal attitudes toward metics (non-citizen resident aliens) in fifth-century B.C.E. Athens through the lens of Aeschylus’s Suppliants and Euripides’ Children of Heracles. The former, written around 461 B.C.E., illustrates that Athenians were suspicious of foreigners in their city and considered themselves superior, even … Read moreAbstract – Societal Attitudes Toward Metics through the Lens of Aeschylus’ Suppliants and Euripides’ Children of Heracles