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Euripides’ Medea. Introductory Lecture 1/20/2011. Euripides. Circa 480-406 BCE Last of 3 great Athenian tragedians (Aeschylus, Sophocles) Noted for: S trong female characters Intelligent slaves Use of heroes from Greek mythology ~95 plays, including Medea (431 BCE). Medea.

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Euripides medea

Euripides’ Medea

Introductory Lecture

1/20/2011


Euripides

Euripides

  • Circa 480-406 BCE

  • Last of 3 great Athenian tragedians (Aeschylus, Sophocles)

  • Noted for:

    • Strong female characters

    • Intelligent slaves

    • Use of heroes from Greek mythology

  • ~95 plays, including Medea (431 BCE)


Medea

Medea

  • Princess of Colchis (East on the Black Sea), niece of Circe (witch), grand-daughter of Helios (sun god)

  • Betrays her family to help Jason and the Argonauts

    • Killed her brother (chopped into bits!)

  • Marries Jason, bears two sons

  • Medea and Jason end up in Corinth


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Euripides’ Medea

  • Characters

    • Medea

    • Jason

    • Creon

    • Aegeus

    • Nurse & Attendant

    • Chorus of Corinthian Women

    • Messenger

    • Non-speaking roles: Creusa, Medea’s 2 children


What s the story

What’s the story?

  • Jason is to marry Creusa, Creon’s daughter

  • Medea grieves the loss of her husband

    • Many characters fear what this sorceress might do

  • Creon orders her to be sent into exile

  • Entrance of Aegeus- agrees to harbor Medea in exchange for helping his wife conceive


Medea s vengeance

Medea’s vengeance

  • Death to Creon and Creusa!

    • Poisons golden robes (wedding gifts)

  • Euripides’ invention:

    • Kills her own sons- Why?

  • Medea escapes, with refuge promised in Athens, on a chariot of the sun-god Helios


Questions to consider

Questions to Consider

  • Was Jason wrong to marry Creusa? Any benefits to children/Medea?

  • Is Medea justified in killing Creon & Creusa?

    • In killing her two sons?

    • What does Medea’s murder of her children add?

      • Other authors had them killed by the angry Corinthians

  • Does Euripides authorize Medea’s actions by allowing her escape to Athens?


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