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Euripides' "Medea" is one of the great dramatic tragedies from classical antiquity. It is the story of its title character, Medea, the wife of Jason of the Argonauts, who seeks revenge upon her unfaithful husband when he abandons her for a new younger bride. "Medea" broke many of the dramatic conventions of the time when it debuted and it is for this reason that it stands ...more
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May 13, 2015 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
“Stronger than lover's love is lover's hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make.”
Euripides writes a masterpiece of love, betrayal and revenge. The theme of Medea is the extravagant hatred, for the once bewildering love of the heroine for Jason was transformed when he repudiates her to marry another. Medea had given up everything for the man she was led by the Gods to love above even herself. She saved him from certain death, she left the safety of her kingdom, she even killed her own bro
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

در اشتباه نخواهید بود اگر بگویید مردمان اعصار دیرین احمق بودند و نادان نیز هم. آنانی که آوازهای جشن ها و جشنواره ها و میهمانی های شبانه را ابداع کردند. آوازهای شاد سرشار از زندگی. اما هیچ کس بر تمامی تارهای چنگ راهی نیافته تا رنج نفرت بار انسان های دردمند را بزداید. مرگ ها و تقدیرات شوم، که خانمانان را بر باد می دهند

برایم باور کردنی نیست که این شاهکار حدود 2400 سال پیش نوشته شده است. واقعا حرف بی جایی نیست که اوریپید را یکی از نوابغی بدانیم که دارای اندیشه هایی بسیار جلوتر از زمان خود بودند
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encanta leer a los griegos. Los precursores de toda la literatura moderna, del teatro, la épica y el drama. Las tragedias griegas siempre me atrajeronluego de mi paso de un año y medio en la carrera de Licenciatura en Letras.
Allí pude leer varias obras de los más famosos como Esquilo, Sófocles así también como las clásicas epopeyas de Homero, pero nunca había leído nada de Eurípides. Eurípides ganó el tercer puesto con esta obra en un certamen realizado en el año 431 A.C.
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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
Evripidis Gousiaris

Η ψυχολογία και ο χαρακτήρας της Μήδειας εξωτερικεύονται και αποτυπώνονται στο χαρτί με εκπληκτικό τρόπο.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Medea is a play about society, and how it deals with people who do not fit the dominant cultural code. It is about power, marriage, betrayal, hate and revenge as well, but the most important aspect is the fate of the strong woman, following her husband to his home country, to be treated as an intruder and danger to society, mainly because she is different, and knows things other people do not want to be concerned with. I have thought of rereading the play with a global citizenship focus after se ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Gods often contradict
our fondest expectations.
What we anticipate
does not come to pass.
What we don't expect
some god finds a way to make it happen.
So with this story”
Çağdaş T
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İhanete uğramış kadın, intikamını almak için neler yapabilir ?
Okuması oldukça keyifli bir tragedya.
Jan 06, 2016 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
Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, ancient-world
Medea isn't just about pre-feminist ideals, mental illness, revenge, or betrayal. It is a commentary on society, ostensibly Ancient Greek society, but also our global society today. Euripides does something so revolutionary and foreign that the Greek audiences used to tales of heroes or tragedies driven by men must have been flabbergasted and appalled. Medea is the first all-powerful female character. She makes Electra look like a whiny, helpless, pitiable woman. Medea shows that in ancient Gree ...more
Το διάβασα με αμείωτο ενδιαφέρον και με ένα δέος μπροστά στην γραφή του Ευριπίδη, πόσο καλός «ψυχαναλυτής» υπήρξε μα και πόσο καλός τραγωδός. Η Μήδεια που φωνάζει από τα βάθη της αρχαιότητας το ερωτικό πάθος και φεύγει περήφανη πάνω στο άρμα του Ήλιου, θριαμβευτικά και χωρίς καμία αιδώ, παίρνοντας και το φριχτότερο έγκλημα, τον φόνο των παιδιών της. Ένα αριστουργηματικό δείγμα της αρχαίας ελληνικής γραμματείας, πολύ ανώτερο από την μέτρια «Ἑλένη» που διδάσκεται στην δευτεροβάθμια εκπαίδευση. Η μ ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بی نظیر بود!
بعد تر کامل تر چیزی مینویسم دربارش همینجا
Scarlet Cameo
En una cultura acostumbrada a achacarle todo a los dioses encontrarse con Medea es un gozo, dado que ella se aleja del misticismo y abraza la culpa, el rencor y el remordimiento, para responsabilizarse por las ofensas que cometió y aquellas que cometieron en su contra.

Es imposible negar que Medea es la representación de un personaje que se deja llevar por sus sentimientos. Ya sea por la pasión hacia Jason o por el odio que despierta el que el deseé abandonarla en pos de un matrimonio más benefi
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
baQer (BFZ)
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, greek
فزونطلبی برای انسان فانی رحمت به همراه نخواهد داشت ...more
Sarah Karimia
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays

مِده آ :در میان همه ی آفرینندگان خدایان که زنده اند و دلیلی برای زندگی دارند ، ما زنان از همه بدبخت تریم. نخست عشقِ مردی را با بهایی گزاف به دست می آوریم و سپس او را بر همه چیز خود، حتا بر بدنمان فرمانروا می داریم: این یکی سخته است، سوزانده تر از نخستین است.
مِده آ: هیچ کس نباید بیاندیشد که من موجودی حقیر بوده ام ، و نیز نباید بپنداردکه من آشتی پذیرم . من از نوعی دیگرم ، با دشمنانم آشتی نا پذیر و با دوستانم مهربان.یک قهرمان این چنین زندگی می کند.
مِده آ: آ
Luís C.
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
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sad part is, sounds exactly like the conflicts of a saudi polygamous family
David Sarkies
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 23, 2011 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
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دومین خوانش من از اسطورهها بود با قلم اوریپید و باید بگم مبهوتِ طرز فکر حیرتانگیزش راجع به زنان در زمان خودش شدم. ...more
Saye Tafreshi
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نمايشنامه اي عالي و تلخ:(
Carolina Morales
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:
Kutşın Sancaklı
Medea'nın mitostaki intikamını baştan sunuyor oyun, konu kapalı tutuluyor..
Euripides felaketlerin yüzeyselliğini bi' güzel eşeliyor, düşünce ödevine dönüştürüyor okurken..

Sonrasında Medea resimlerine de göz atmak istersiniz belki ^.^

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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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