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Medea. Before, During, and After Euripides’ Medea. Sorceress Priestess of Hecate, goddess of underworld. Niece of Circe Granddaughter of sun god Helios Woman of great passion. Medea: Character Profile. Jason. Jason’s uncle usurps his throne in Iolchos; sends Jason on quest

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Medea

Medea

Before, During, and After Euripides’ Medea


Medea character profile

Sorceress

Priestess of Hecate, goddess of underworld

Niece of Circe

Granddaughter of sun god Helios

Woman of great passion

Medea: Character Profile


Jason

Jason

  • Jason’s uncle usurps his throne in Iolchos; sends Jason on quest

  • Jason seeks Golden Fleece in M’s father’s kingdom (Colchis)

  • Hera (Jason’s protector) gets Aphrodite to make M. fall for Jason


Promises made

Promises Made

  • M will help J get Fleece

  • J will marry M

Promises Kept

  • M murders own brother to slow father’s pursuit of J

  • J marries M

    • They go to Iolchus


Jason s kingdom

Jason’s Kingdom

  • M tricks J’s cousins into killing their own father

  • J doesn’t get kingdom

  • J + M get driven out of town; flee to Corinth


Euripides medea

Euripides’ Medea

  • J + M have 2 kids

  • J has betrayed M

    • Engaged to Corinth king Creon’s daughter

  • King Creon banishes M and children

  • M kills Creon + daughter, and her own kids in revenge

  • M flees to Athens’ King Aegeus in Helios’ chariot


After the play

M marries, has son with Aegeus

Tries to poison Aegeus’ first son Theseus (fails; is banished)

Goes back to Colchis, helps father get kingdom back

Eventually becomes immortal

J dies alone, in obscurity

Piece of his own ship falls on him

After the Play


Things to consider

Things to Consider

  • Who would the ancient Greeks blame for the tragedy?

  • Who do you blame?

  • What is Euripides’ opinion of women?

  • What relevance does this story have for modern readers?


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