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Medea (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  32,778 ratings  ·  607 reviews
This edition presents Medea, the most famous play of the Athenian tragedian Euripides, in ancient Greek, with commentary designed for university Greek classes, from second-year Greek upward. It helps students experience a classic drama as they work through the process of careful translation and gives them an appreciation of the work's artistry and its relation to its cultu ...more
Paperback, 431 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published -431)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Gracious, hell hath no fury. While tunneling through Ovid's Metamorphoses, I've been coming across a lot of familiar stories from childhood, the ones that have stuck with me over the years and from which I find frequent references in popular culture (and life in general) such as this tale of a famous warrior who scorns his sorceress wife for another woman (you dumbass), the story of Medusa and Perseus, the rape and imprisonment of Persephone, etc. I have also, with wholly unchecked excitement, d ...more
Jul 23, 2007 Des rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Euripides writes a masterpiece of love, betrayal and revenge. Medea gives up everything for the man she falls in love with. She pulls him out of jail and certain death, she departs with him from the safety of her kingdom, she kills her own brother in order to guard her lover and at the end he abandons her for another younger woman. Medea poisons this woman and kills her children to take revenge. The mother chooses to sacrifice her own children to ease the pain of unfaithfulness.
The last scene o
Marco Tamborrino
"No, per le tue ginocchia,
ti prego, t'invoco, ti supplico,
no, non uccidere i figli!
E dove di mano dominio
attinger potrai, dove d'animo,
che avventi la strage terribile
al cuor dei tuoi pargoli?
L'occhio volgendo su lor,
l'esterminio compier potrai senza lagrime?
Quando con supplici grida
dinanzi essi ti cadano,
tu non potrai con saldo animo
tinger la mano omicida."

In ogni parola di questa famosa tragedia di Euripide c'è la pesantezza di un atto che rimane carico di tragicità anche nel mondo di oggi. Q
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
There is scholarly evidence to support the idea that Euripides was hired by the people of Corinth to write this play to make Medea into a villain: not even crazy but a purely evil woman who would (view spoiler). I did a paper on it in grad school. Of course I don't know where my paper is nor the citations but who needs references in an opinion piece? ;)

I did the research after I read The Dawn Palace, a young adult novel with a feminist take on the story. (T
Mar 22, 2009 Núria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: shakespearianos
Medea es una mujer que lo dejó todo por el hombre del que se enamoró. Medea cometió actos de violencia escalofriantes para ayudar al hombre que quería. Pero luego este hombre se lo agradeció dejándola tirada y liándose con una mujer a la que ni si quiera quiere tampoco, pero que tiene la ventaja de ser la hija de un rey. Como abandonó a su padre y su marido la ha abandonado a ella, se ha quedado sola y una mujer sola no existe. Lo único que le queda es vengarse.

Para vengarse Medea se atreve a h
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Although this line comes from the Bible, the distant origins of the sentiment is frozen in human memory; but its earliest dramatic expression may have originated with Euripides. I think he just gave it words; the instinct of some women to be vindictive carriers of hellish wrath is innate. I have handled more than a few divorces where all parties involved – both attorneys and the husband – stood in open mouthed shock and amazement of how damned mad the wife
Sita Sargeant
Oct 24, 2011 Sita Sargeant rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Amazing Writing and Plays
I read this for my Ancient History class. I was going to give a oral presentation on Greek Theatre and one of the great playwrights of that time Euripides and even though he really wasn't recognised as a good playwright back then, he is now remembered as one of the best playwrights from that time.

Medea is about a woman who kills her two children to get revenge on her husband, because he left her for a younger woman. That's basically the gist of the play. But damn is it an amazing play.

The monol
Carrie M.
Warning: sensitive parents, stay away from this greek myth. Those who couldn't handle Thomas Hardy Jude, 'The Obscure' must not give it a try, either.

Medea is a very clever sorceress who helped Jason (yes, that one with the golden fleece) to find victory through shrewd schemes rather than physical force. Because, as we all know, even when not able to use their hands women made a point into using their brains. Just ask Penelope.. However, Medea didn't help Jason for kindness of her tender heart:
David Sarkies
Mar 31, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Tragedy
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: tragedy
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
13 February 2012

Surely, of all creatures that have life and will, we women
Are the most wretched. When, for an extravagant sum,
We have bought a husband, we must then accept him as
Possessor of our body. This is to aggravate
Wrong with worse wrong. Then the great question: will the man
We get be bad or good? For woman, divorce is not
Respectable; to repel the man, not possible. (Trans Phillip Veracott)

These few lines near the opening of Euripides' Medea pre
Luís Blue B.
A Greek tragedy.

Medea, representing the foreign people (barbarian), considered inferior by the Greeks. Before the beginning of the play, which begins after the abandonment of Medea by Jason, Medea helps Jason, with the help of his magical powers, to win the golden fleece, with the proviso of this marry her, which was a form of social mobility for her to marry a Greek, in addition to being in love with him because of the spell of Hera and Aphrodite.
Medea portrays well as poor was a woman in an
Good tragedy, not as good as Sophocles' works. The charm of Euripides is that he wrote more in the vernacular than Sophocles and Aeschylus did. Maybe this was what added to his post-humous appeal among the Greek theatre goers.

This play tells the tale of a woman scorned, and vengeance. At times during the play, it was hard to side with either Jason or Medea--Jason had his legitimate reasons for what he's done (wanting to make his children with Medea legitimate by marrying a non-barbarian), and so
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Maria Pallozzi
La tragedia di Medea racconta del furore che colse una donna che era sempre stata pronta a tutto per l'amore della sua vita, Giasone, anche uccidere il fratello, rubare al padre il Vello d'oro e commettere tanti altri atti violenti per renderlo felice che viene di punto in bianco ripudiata dall'amato per un matrimonio di interesse con la figlia del re Creonte.
Medea si abbandona alla vendetta, vuole rovinare Giasone, annientarlo, fargli desiderare d'esser morto senza accogliere la sua richiesta.
مسرحية ميديا لليوناني يوروبيدس

الفضول لعالم المسرح قادني لقرائتها, وإن كانت غايتك كغايتي فهي خيار مثالي
حيث أنها مباشره ومختصره ومليئة بالتراجيديا وتعكس لك إثاره أكبر لصياغتها لعالم الآلهات الاغريقيه بصوره مبسّطه لا تقلل من هيبة التراث اليوناني شيئاً.

لكنني أجد تقييمها في عالم الأدب مبالغ فيه قليلاً للقارئ البسيط الغير متخصص في الأدب أو دراسة المسرح. فتصنيفها من ضمن أروع الأعمال العالميه جاء بعده تفسيرات امتدّت لصفحات لتبرير هذا التصنيف, وحقيقةً لا أرى أن الأعمال العظيمه بحاجه إلى تبرير عظمتها وش
Sep 07, 2009 Dusty rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: Elizabeth Richmond-Garza
What is the saying? That Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?

Euripedes's Medea is one furious woman. The play picks up a few years after Jason has stolen and brought to Greece the great Golden Fleece, a trophy he would never have won without help from Medea, who was struck so blind by her love for Jason that she forsook her father and even murdered her brother in order to protect Jason on his adventure.

So Jason brought home the Fleece, and with him came Medea. That was several years ago. Now
Nicholas Whyte
"[return][return]This is a short but tough play. At the opening, Medea resents Jason for bringing her to Corinth and then abandoning her for the local princess: she swears revenge, and using her own children by Jason as unwitting tools, poisons both the king and the princess (and the kids too). It's a horrible but believable scenario, and Medea, despite her monstrous decisions, comes across as a sympathetic character.[return][return]If I were ever in the ...more
John Wiswell
Jun 05, 2008 John Wiswell rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classics lovers
Let's start this one off right: go hug your mom. If she's too far away, at least call.

Now that that's out of the way, Medea. Whiny, crazy, prone to ranting, wronged into insanity, her myth is a very fertile ground for feminism. But Euripedes' play is a weak example of feminism, only giving it shallow lipservice and always drawing it back to the rambling (if rhetorically powerful) main character rather than working on universal themes. Some playwrights write about universal themes, while Euripede
I have just found my favourite classic mythological book?
I can't stop liking quotes and thinking about how interesting this read was!

I didn't expect it to be that compelling. Medea has to be one of the most fascinating characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading; such a powerful woman, and strong.

It all comes to a terrifying development of the events, that with its language and exposition makes one vibrant and exuberant masterpiece, provided with so much ambiguity. I adore it. I adore mee
If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, imagine what's going to happen when you two-time on a goddess. Bad move, Jason.
Medea is an intriguing and difficult play -- the former largely due to the latter. Based on Greek mythology, it follows part of the tale of Jason and his wife Medea. Medea, a "barbarian" princess from the kingdom of Colchis, follows the Greek Jason, of Golden Fleece fame, to Corinth. Things go fairly well until Jason runs off with a younger woman, the daughter of Kin Creon, the king of Corinth. The play opens with this atrocity; it ends with a far worse one.

Medea is left to languish in her house
Jessica C
Medea is a story written by Euripides, mostly about two people named Jason and Medea. Medea was a goddess and Jason was a human but was very strong one, Jason’s one goal was to take the throne away from his uncle Pelias who took that same throne away from his father. On his way to see his uncle and claim his throne he had to walk through a river, and there was a goddess Aphrodite only she changed herself into an old crone so Jason can help her cross and he did so, on the other side of the river ...more
Keith L
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"ميديا" عاشقة متيمة ضحت بكل شيء للهروب لكورنثا للزواج ياسون . و لكن الحب الأسطوري لا يدوم و يهجرها ياسون عندما تلوح له الفرصة بحياة أفضل عن طريق اقترانه بابنة ملك كورنثا.. و يجن جنون ميديا من طعنة الغدر و في مشاهد رائعة تصور الحوار بينها و بين نفسها تقرر الانتقام لإطفاء الحرائق التي تتأجج بداخلها فتوهم ياسون بأنها غفرت و ترسل للعروس هدية عبارة عن فستان مسموم ما ان لبسته حتى احترقت و احترق والدها في محاولته اليائسة لانقاذها ..

هرع ياسون متوعداً ميديا التي كانت قد أتفقت مع إله الشمس (هيليوس) لكي ي
Joao Vaz
Contrariamente ao sentimento da época, Medeia de Eurípedes é uma peça com todas as características dum movimento feminista. Injuriada pela infidelidade de Jasão, homem pelo qual sacrificou as suas origens, Medeia congemina um plano maléfico de vingança. Do seu lado tem o Coro que fala em uníssono em nome das mulheres de Corinto (local onde decorre a cena). Às páginas tantas, este mesmo Coro composto por mulheres e sobre as quais dizia-se não terem capacidades poéticas (esta info claramente em ro ...more
Maan Kawas
A beautiful play by a master ancient Greek Tragedian that is full of dramatic events and strong emotions. In this play, Euripides depicts a woman consumed by her lust for vengeance against her husband, who betrayed her for another woman. The passion of the barbarian protagonist Medea for revenge surpassed her love and duty toward her children, thus, emotionally driven by her fury, anger, and sense of insult and betrayal she kills the new wife-to-be of her husband Jason (through a magical poisone ...more
Euripides was obviously not alive during a period of ample transcription, and so all of his work that's even still surviving has been passed through someone who heard it from someone who heard it before. Therefore, a great deal of this rating is due to the translation and not only its accuracy to what Euripides would have himself printed, with somewhat casual and colloquial Greek, but its ability to flow as a drama on its own.
It is perhaps my naivety with reading plays, but even being familiar w
Terri Jacobson
This translation of Medea was done by 2 poets, who believed that only a poet could translate the original Greek into a real art form. I haven't read any other translations, so I can't really compare the different versions. I found this book to be lyrical and powerful, with the story of Medea and her crimes very well told. Definitely a classic and a meaningful reading experience.
Powerful. Compelling. Terrifying. Ambiguous. There's a reason it's a classic.

P.S. Know the mythology that precedes this piece. It will change the way you look at it.

(I feel bad for not coming on goodreads in forever. I have been reading. Oh well.)
Ehh. Euripides does too much repetitive ranting in his plays. But he does portray the moral ambiguity very well in this one. Oh also, I wish Euripides' plays were longer so everything could be fleshed out.

Medea, you're crazy. Jason, so are you. And Chorus, C+ for effort in helping.
I didnt even know about this play because i never use to read plays on my own.

Just read this in one sitting and it was such a wonderful,twisted story. Medea is such a difficult character to know what you feel about. Damn for 2500 years old work it got my heart pumping hard for the characters and not only enjoy with the brain because it was extremly well written masterwork.

Didnt feel like it was Ancient Greek work i had to read for lit class, i forgot it was for class after few minutes reading th
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(Greek: Ευριπίδης )
Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης) (ca. 480 BC–406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles). Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety-five plays, although four of those were probably written by Critias. Eighteen of Euripides' plays have survived complete. It is now widely believed that wh
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