On the Translation
Notes on the Text
Pub. Date: 02/01/2015
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
In the centuries since it was first performed, Euripides’s Medea has established itself as one of the most influential of the Greek tragedies. The story of the wronged wife who seeks revenge against her unfaithful husband by murdering their children is lodged securely in the popular imagination, a touchstone for politics, law, and psychoanalysis and/i>
In the centuries since it was first performed, Euripides’s Medea has established itself as one of the most influential of the Greek tragedies. The story of the wronged wife who seeks revenge against her unfaithful husband by murdering their children is lodged securely in the popular imagination, a touchstone for politics, law, and psychoanalysis and the subject of constant retellings and reinterpretations.
This new translation of Medea by classicist Oliver Taplin, originally published as part of the acclaimed third edition of Chicago’s Complete Greek Tragedies, brilliantly replicates the musicality and strength of Euripides’s verse while retaining the play’s dramatic and emotional impact. Taplin has created an edition of Medea that is particularly suited to performance, while not losing any of the power it has long held as an object of reading or study. This edition is poised to become the new standard, and to introduce a new generation of readers to the heights and depths of Greek tragedy.
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Medea is one of the best novels of its time. The uncontrolled emotions of anger and jealousy of Medea overcome her reasoning skills and brig disaster to all. Medea betrayed her father and her native land for Jason. She even killed her own brother to be with him. Jason repays her back by leaving her and having an affair with another woman. Euripedes Medea begins by throwing the author head first into the conflict. Jason has forsaken his wife, Medea, as well as their two sons. Jason plans to marry King Creon¿s daughter. The nurse sympathizes for Medea but foreshadows the unfortunate events of this tragic novel. Overcome with anger and vengeance, Medea vows to repay Jason for what he has did to her. However, King Creon afraid of what Medea might do for revenge, so he banishes Medea and her two children from the city. Medea pleads to stay for one day. The King grants Medea her wish but he knows by doing so he has made a terrible decision. With only one day left Medea devises a plan to get back at Jason. Medea is an awesome book. The book symbolizes women power. Although Medea is considered a tragic hero she defies the Greek societies rules on how a woman should act. Medea fought a battle of passion vs. reason passion won. She acted on her impulses instead of thoroughly examining the situation to find a better solution. Furthermore, Medea gets to the point where she slays her own children to avenge Jason. Medea¿s anger and cleverness is the backbone of this devious plot. The plot and outcome makes Medea a tragic hero. Euripedes style of writing is not only brilliant, but it is original. The literary devices he uses help to convey the theme of this book. People sometimes let our anger consume us and we act on impulses instead of logically finding a solution to whatever the problem might be. To some people Medea is the antagonist, but to most she is the protagonist. It just depends on if you view Medea¿s actions as just or unjust. The real question her is does whether or not what Jason does to Medea justify her means of retaliation? The unfolding suspense, from the beginning to the end keeps the author glued to the book. This book will be sure to keep your attention. This is one Euripedes greatest novels.
It could be improved by having a little background on the times of classical Greek tragedy and the best-known playwrights of the era. I would recommend using the Spark Notes Greek Classics with this.
Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!
I get how she is mad. I would be PO'd but killing your kids? I still like greek mythology, but can't they have happy stories sometimes?