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The Medea of Euripides

The Medea of Euripides

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In Greek mythology, Medea is a sorceress who was the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, niece of Circe, granddaughter of the sun god Helios, and later wife to the hero Jason, with whom she had two children, Mermeros and Pheres. In Euripides's play Medea, Jason leaves Medea when Creon, king of Corinth, offers him his daughter, Glauce. The play tells of Medea

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In Greek mythology, Medea is a sorceress who was the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, niece of Circe, granddaughter of the sun god Helios, and later wife to the hero Jason, with whom she had two children, Mermeros and Pheres. In Euripides's play Medea, Jason leaves Medea when Creon, king of Corinth, offers him his daughter, Glauce. The play tells of Medea avenging her husband's betrayal by killing their children.

The myths involving Jason have been interpreted as part of a class of myths that tell how the Hellenes of the distant heroic age, before the Trojan War, faced the challenges of the pre-Greek "Pelasgian" cultures of mainland Greece, the Aegean and Anatolia. Jason, Perseus, Theseus, and above all Heracles, are all "liminal" figures, poised on the threshold between the old world of shamans, chthonic earth deities, and the new Bronze Age Greek ways.

Medea figures in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, a myth known best from a late literary version worked up by Apollonius of Rhodes in the 3rd century BC and called the Argonautica. However, for all its self-consciousness and researched archaic vocabulary, the late epic was based on very old, scattered materials. Medea is known in most stories as an enchantress and is often depicted as being a priestess of the goddess Hecate or a witch. The myth of Jason and Medea is very old, originally written around the time Hesiod wrote the Theogony. It was known to the composer of the Little Iliad, part of the Epic Cycle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781313493918
Publisher:
HardPress Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Pages:
122
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

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MEDEA. i! Soaffitarov Sh/m xai To/./ic xtx/ia:. SOPHOKLES. NURSE. O would the Argo's hull had never winged To Colchian coast through the dark-purpled peaks Of the Symplegades, and ne'er had fallen The riven pine in Pelion's wooded dells, Nor had equipped the hands of those heroes Who went to seek for Pelias the fleece All-gold; for then had not Medea sailed. My mistress, to the land lolcus' towers, Soul-smitten with the love of Jason ; Nor had she won the maids of Pelias To "slay their sire; seen this Corinthian home With spouse and sons, gracious to citizens Whose country she had reached in flight, and prone To live in peace with Jason. Surest boon Of man and wife is harmony: But now discord invades, and tenderest ties Are languishing; for, false unto my mistress And her sons, Jason hath left her couch For royal marriage with Creon's child Creon who lords it here in Corinth's realm. Medea, wretched, disavowed, evokes The oaths, recalls their plighted hands, the pledge Most sacred; and implores the gods to view Jason's perfidious return. Foodless she lies, whelming herself in grief; Dissolves herself in tears the tedious time Since once she knew herself maltreated bv Her husband, nor uplifts her eyes, nor bends Her visage from the earth, but like a rock Or deaf sea-wave heeds not her friends' address; Save ever and anon she turneth her Neck's snow, and to herself bewaileth sire And native land and hearth which she betrayed To follow him who now dishonors her. ;And she hath learned, poor wretch! of misery The blessing of an unforsaken home. She hates her very sons, delighteth not Upon their sight. I tremble lest she plan Some unexpected ill. Deep-purposed is f Her heart andbrooks no wrong: I know and fear, For dread is she, nor who engages her In hate will easily be...

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