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The focus on Ion allows a theme to emerge in this chapter: Athens. However, since much of its imagery has to do with weaving, a subsidiary theme of the chapter is "textiles,&t; the pursuance of which leads beyond Ion and well into the Euripidean corpus. A tertiary theme is the world of women. For the craft of weaving has been linked with women in literature and art.Ion is a play whose heart beats far away in the less naturally sublime scenic environment of Athens, where the beauty of nature had long been supplanted by a large and diverse body of man made monuments, housing the civic and religious institutions for which the city was famed, some lost to the Persians, and others on which the ancient Greek world's most acclaimed artistic legacy was best displayed. These monuments, the chapter shows, are evoked throughout the play.

Keywords: Athenian monuments; Athenian women; Euripides; Ion; weaving women



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