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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

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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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