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One of the most powerful and enduring of Greek tragedies, Medea centers on the myth of Jason, leader of the Argonauts, who has won the dragon-guarded treasure of the Golden Fleece with the help of the sorceress Medea. Having married Medea and fathered her two children, Jason abandons her for a more favorable match, never suspecting the terrible revenge she will take.
Paperback, 47 pages
Published April 19th 1993 by Dover Publications (first published -431)
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Aug 22, 2016 Kalliope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classical, greece, drama, 2015

Medea, with her suffering, her hatred, her cruelty, has been present this week in my life. Her myth living in various guises of representation. And all engaged me in various degrees and manner.

It all started on Monday when, touring the Thyssen Musem in the search of paintings which had to do with the idea of ‘Travel”, I stopped to admire this painting, The Argonauts Leaving Colchis, by Ercole de Roberti (ca 1480). This depicts the earlier part of the Myth – the adventure in Colchis, The Voyage
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
Aug 23, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
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 bats*** crazy mad th
Jul 23, 2007 Des rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 07, 2016 Τζο rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μου αρέσει πολυ να γραφω κριτικές για αρχαιες τραγωδιες ή φιλοσοφικά κείμενα διότι μπορω μιλησω για αυτα ελεύθερα χωρις να φοβαμαι μήπως και spoilerιασω καποιον μιας και ολοι ξέρουμε λιγο-πολυ το τι συμβαίνει στο εργο.

Η Μηδεια ειναι η γυναικα που σκότωσε τα παιδια της,αυτο το ξέρουμε ολοι.Γιατι σκοτωσε τα παιδια της το ξέρουν οι περισσότεροι αλλα το τι υπήρχε στο μυαλό και στην ψυχη της θα το μαθεις μονο αμα διαβασεις τα λόγια της στην αρχαια τραγωδια.Που ξέρεις,μπορεί και στο τέλος να την συμπα
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
Apr 28, 2016 صان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بی نظیر بود!
بعد تر کامل تر چیزی مینویسم دربارش همینجا
Mar 22, 2009 Núria rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2015 Shadn rated it it was amazing
sad part is, sounds exactly like the conflicts of a saudi polygamous family
Luís Blue Coltrane
A Greek tragedy.

And yet Medea, the first in the theater, that of Euripides!
Here is a tragedy, not a black caricature made to be played, not only just read, built on a well-balanced structure and not the how-as-I-pushed-you, with a real choir, a female choir Moreover, it is important! Who plays his role of average humanity that the viewer identifies and whose perspective changes with the vicissitudes of compassion to horror.
And above all here's a heroine who commits a monstrous act, but which
David Sarkies
Mar 31, 2014 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 24, 2011 Sita rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Carolina Morales
Jun 05, 2014 Carolina Morales rated it it was amazing
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:
After having read Medea, I'm going to go ahead and say that Euripides is now my favorite playwright of all time. Perhaps I'm being overhasty with this judgement, since I'm not at all well-read with regard to plays, and out of the triad of most-renowned Greek tragedians, I haven't read any Sophocles yet. Still, it feels right to pronounce it now. I don't remember being so won over by Aeschylus' Oresteia when I read it (though maybe it was partly due to the translation or my mindset back then). Th ...more
May 17, 2015 Yani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, universidad
[…] Pues la mujer es medrosa y no puede/ aprestarse a la lucha ni contemplar las armas,/ pero, cuando la ofenden en lo que toca al lecho,/ nada hay en todo el mundo más sanguinario que ella.

Carcajada de bruja de fondo. Y eso es, por supuesto, un agregado mío, porque en realidad Medea no se ríe mientras lo dice. Medea sufre y reflexiona sobre su condición de mujer y de desterrada, además de mujer traicionada. Me sorprende que Eurípides se haya detenido en estas cuestiones en esa época y si lo t
Sep 05, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissima. Meravigliosa. Potente come poche.
Shivam Chaturvedi
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Apr 06, 2013 Dexter rated it really liked it
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
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.
Apr 06, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
Excellent! A Greek tragedy of Greek tragedies. I can't even imagine this live. The dialogue is excellent, and the translation is really well done. The sarcasm and bitterness are certainly contemporary in a way that I didn't expect. Medea...what a great character. I feel her rage and intense hurt. I feel her triumph. She rides a chariot pulled by dragons!
I recommend this to people who enjoy Greek drama and to any woman who has ever been betrayed by a man she loved!
Aug 23, 2016 Deni rated it really liked it
Me maté de risa leyendo esta obra.
Es imposible para mí comprender o ponerme en el lugar de los personajes; en este caso, mi perspectiva de lector solo puede acudir a cierto humorismo para digerir los diálogos extremadamente exacerbados de tragedia que manejan los personajes, y sobre todo Medea.
En cuanto a la temática de la paternidad, entremezclada con cierto egoísmo -que con solo leer dos obras uno ya da cuenta que es una materia de principal preocupación para el autor- y un orgullo que bordea
Oct 28, 2015 Arwa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama
I don't remember reading something that inspires such insanely strong feelings before. I love how Medea's intense emotions drove her to do the unexpected. It makes me sad to think of how miserable women can be!
The play can be taken as the perfect example of feminism. It's rather strange to think of a relationship between a man and a woman in a play that is written in 431 B.C. as something universal and fathom and feel every line in it. It's not limited to a certain time nor place as if it was pa
Jan 22, 2016 Hestia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: need-to-buy
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May 29, 2015 Ayah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ذروة المآسي البشرية .. وقعت السماء على رأسها .. فضل عليها امرأة أخرى فاقتلعت كل ما يربطها به ، قتلت ولديهما .. و قتلت تلك المراة ..
فاجعة النساء و أمثولتهم .. ميديا يوربيديس .. أنت القدوة و الجمال كله .. ليعلموا أننا نستطيع اقتلاع احشائهم عندما يتجاوزون قلوبنا .. كل التصفيق و التعاطف و الامتثال لحجم ألمك ..
Penetrating psychological study of Medea, the wronged wife, and Jason, the unfeeling, selfish contemptible husband. Classic revenge tragedy.
Mar 30, 2012 Sahar rated it liked it
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
Jul 15, 2013 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mentioned in reviews of modern adaptations of Medea that she is one of my favorite mythological characters. Her story in the hands of various authors is endlessly fascinating to me. It’s a tale that touches on themes of love and hate, obsession, faith and loyalty, and in its most profound reading reflects human beings in their most complex nature. Up to now, my favorite translation has been Frederic Prokosch’s, written in 1947 and which I have in a collection of Greek plays edited by Dudl ...more
John Wiswell
Jun 05, 2008 John Wiswell rated it did not like it
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
Mahdi Bigdeli
Jul 07, 2016 Mahdi Bigdeli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
زن وجودش لبریز از ترس است و به گاهِ مبارزه و دست بر شمشیر بردن چونان بزدلی است.
اما هنگامی که زناشویی اش دچار خدشه میشود دیگر قلبی در میان نیست، بلکه حفره ای خون تشنه در آن است.
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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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