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The most controversial of the Greek tragedians, Euripedes is also the most modern in his sympathies, a dramatist who handles the complex emotions of his characters with extraordinary depth and insight.
Euripedess play is based on the myth of Jason and Medea, but gives it a decidedly feminist slant. Many critics have read the play as the first example of feminist theatre, seeing Medea as a feminist heroine. Others have argued that Euripedes is showing us how a woman shouldnt behave. All the action of the play takes place in Corinth, and Jason has left Medea in order to marry King Creons daughter Glauce, despite the sacrifices that Medea originally made to marry Jason and her protection of him henceforth. Medea plots to murder Glauce and her father by sending them poisoned golden robes which they wont be able to resist wearing. After she receives the news that Glauce has been poisoned and her father through trying to save her, Medea then decides to murder her children (offstage) to hurt Jason. She is seen at the end in the skies in a chariot, emphasizing her successful revenge. Both a fierce and sympathetic portrayal, the character of Medea is an example of a persons desire for revenge and justice as a result of being personally wronged.A student edition of this challenging and popular tragedy with notes and commentary.
Translated by J.Michael Walton.
Student edition of Euripedes' classic in which an abandoned, mistreated wife exacts revenge by killing her children. A morally complex work, Medea is as challenging and relevant to modern readers and audiences as it was in Athens 431 BC.
Student edition of Euripedes' classic in which an abandoned, mistreated wife exacts revenge by killing her children.
The most controversial of the Greek tragedians, Euripides is also the most modern in his sympathies, a dramatist who handles the complex emotions of his characters with extraordinary depth and insight. Medea, one of his most challenging plays, is also one of his most popular.
Wronged and discarded by her husband, Medea gradually reveals her revenge in its increasing horror, while the audience is led to understand the incomprehensible: a woman who murders her own children. Since its first production (431 B.C.), the play has exerted an irresistible attraction for actors and directors alike.
About the Author
Euripides was born near Athens between 485 and 480 BC and grew up
during the years of Athenian recovery after the Persian Wars. His first
play was presented in 455 BC and he wrote some hundred altogether. His
later plays are marked by a sense of disillusion at the futility of
human aspiration which amounts on occasion to a philosophy of
absurdism. A year or two before his death he left Athens to live at the
court of the king of Macedon, dying there in 406 BC. Nineteen of his
plays survive, including Hippolytos, The Bacchae, Iphigeneia at Aulis,
Hecuba, Medea, and The Trojan Women.