n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The costume of attendants

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The silent attendants who accompany the queen throughout Euripides' are costumed in , and use their dress pins in the blinding of Polymestor. This single visual detail provides an opportunity for Euripides to create multiple responses in his audience. Sexual associations of the costume emphasize the vulnerability of the women, and provide echoes of the baring of Polyxena's breast and the description of the sack of Troy. This costuming decision evokes associations of Greek identity, anachronism in the theatre, and the nascent threat of female violence.


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