Medea and Other Plays

Medea and Other Plays

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ISBN-13: 9780140441291
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1963
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 142,416
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Euripides was an Athenian born in 484BC. A member of a family of considerable rank, he disliked performing the public duties expected of him, preferring a life of introspection. He was not a popular figure, and at some point (and for a reason unknown) he went into voluntary exile at the court of Archelaus, King of Macedon. He died c.407BC and is thought to have written around ninety-two plays, of which seventeen survive.

Table of Contents

Medea and Other PlaysIntroduction

Medea

Hecabe

Electra

Heracles

Notes

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lyzadanger on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Better than Aeschylus, outclassed by Sophocles. Medea, Electra, Hecabe and Heracles all wallow in pathos, with wailing and weeping trending toward the shrill at times. Euripides' characters show occasional subtlety when they expound on human nature, especially in a couple of cases when women's psyches are described in almost non-misogynistic ways. Revenge and the culpability of the gods' judgment are pervasive themes.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Medea itself I studied for my Open University course, but the others I had not come across before. The editor has done well to group these four plays together - they share so much in common. Not only do all of them concern the death of children or parents, but stylistically they are very similar: the action all takes place off stage, and from a single location, and then the horrors are reported back to the audience by way of a messenger and the Chorus. An excellent introduction to Greek plays.
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Medea, for those who have not read it, is the living embodiment of a classic. This near-epic play by Euripedes captures the very essence of a Greek tragedy, including such classic elements as royalty, love lost, and murder. In this play, the mythical figure of Medea, an underdeveloped expatriate sorceress, is finally given an opportunity to be a central character. The actual text of the play, making only perfunctory reference to her history as a Colchan priestess, centers around her disillusionment with her husband, Jason. Jason, unfaithful to Medea, has sparked a fury within the woman that will not cease until retribution has been paid. There are several interesting elements about he book. First, the plot is revealed, more or less, through the eyes of a woman, a rarety in ancient Greek culture. This provides a unique opportunity to view the manner in whihc Greeks viewed females, even vastly powerful mythical females. Secondly, the author, Euripedes, makes Medea the heroine of the play, something seldom done to a conniving, murdering, trecherous character. Despite the obvious flaws that exist in Medea's character, the author saw fit to play down these traits, focusing instead on Medea's justification: her rage, her feelings of insecurity, her rightous anger. And somehow, Medea, for all her crimes, comes off without entirely being cast as the villan. I would highly recommend this play to anybody interested in classical works or Greek mythology. The play is not a long read; rather, the action (and there is a lot) is compressed into tightly charged bundles of literary insight, infusing readers with the tension and weighty drama of the piece. This play is too good of a read to pass up.