Euripides: Medea

Euripides: Medea
Published:
October 31st 2002 by Bristol Classical Press
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Goodreads Rating:
3.77
Pages:
160
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ISBN10:
071563187X
ISBN13:
9780715631874

Euripides' "Medea" is one of the greatest and most influential Greek tragedies. This book outlines the development of the Medea myth before Euripides and explores his uniquely powerful version from various angles. There are chapters on the play's relationship to the gender politics of fifth-century Athens, Medea's status as a barbarian, and the complex moral and emotional impact of her revenge. Particular attention is paid to the tragic effect of Medea's great monologue and the significance of her role as a divine avenger. The book ends by considering the varied and fascinating reception of Euripides' play from antiquity to the present day.