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Posted on April 5th, 2024 in Ancient Influencers, Classes by Elizabeth W. Thill | Tags: , , ,

This episode of Ancient Influencers brought to you by CLAS-B 311 Sex and Gender in the Ancient World – Because modern-day minds and media have nothing on the past.

In the first episode (spoiler!) of House of the Dragon, the soon-to-be-fridgedqueen-mother warns her daughter Rhaenyra Targaryen that childbirth is a woman’s battlefield. And boy, does her horrific death prove that right. But in the 5th century BC play by the Athenian playwright and poet Euripides, the former/forever princess Medea famously declares that she would rather stand as a soldier in battle three times, than face labor and childbirth once. Given that ancient maternal health was so bad that mortality rates in childbirth approached 25%, Medea’s sentiment is understandable. Of course, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 810 women died *every day* in 2017 from preventable causes related to #pregnancy and childbirth. That’s 295,000 lives lost in a year, for anyone who’s counting. #Progress?

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