ABSTRACT

It is difficult to read parts of Plato’s Republic—especially those decrying the damaging effects of tragic poetry—without concluding that in the well-ordered state and the well-ordered soul there is little place for grief. Moreover, given the central role that women in classical Athens played in funeral rites as mourners, and vivid Socratic castigations of weeping and lamenting as womanish behavior, attempts in the Republic to mute grief appear to be aimed at minimizing powerful forms of typically “feminine” behavior. 1