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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.

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Paperback, 59 pages
Published April 19th 1993 by Dover Publications (first published -431)
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Lizzy
“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
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Ana O
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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“Of all creatures that can feel and think, we women are the worst treated things alive”

Medea gives new meaning to the phrase hell hath no 'fury like a woman scorned.' Medea is linked to a famous bloodline of Titans, Gods, nymphs and witches. She was the daughter of King Aeëtes, niece of Circe and granddaughter of Helios. One would think that someone skilled in the art of sorcery would have no trouble finding a suitable husband. Guess again. She's been abandoned by Jason, her bae and the fathe
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Kalliope
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, classical, drama, greece




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
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Lisa
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Medea is a play about society, and how it deals with people who do not fit into the dominant cultural code.

It is about power, marriage, betrayal, hate and revenge as well, but the most important aspect is the typical fate of a strong and intelligent woman, following her husband to his home country. She is treated as an intruder and danger to society, mainly because she is different, and knows things other people do not want to see. She is the witch that narrowminded provincial men like to hunt,
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
“I understand too well the dreadful act
I'm going to commit, but my judgement
can't check my anger, and that incites
the greatest evils human beings do.”


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- Medea about to Kill her Children, Eugène Delacroix (1838.)

As terrible as Medea’s actions are at the end of the play, I can’t help but feel sorry for her (at least is some small way.) She murders her own children, but she was pushed to the brink of despair as the knife was placed in her hand by her own husband. And Euripides plays on this dynam
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Lyn
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Although this was first written by William Congreve in 1697 (not 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 am
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Alex
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people whose girlfriends once got in a bar fight they didn't remember the next morning
Shelves: 2018, 2011
I wish Shakespeare had written a play where the Macbeths got divorced. You'd love to see what Lady Macbeth would have to say about it, right? The thing with marrying an asshole is, divorcing them isn't going to be pretty.

Here's the ugliest breakup in history, the most famous play by the nastiest Greek playwright, the sly and vicious Euripides. The plot is, Jason of the Argonauts, this guy:



has married an asshole. It was a good idea at the time: Medea slew an actual dragon for him, and who doesn't
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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
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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
Sarah
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“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”
Trish
Rachel Cusk was invited by London’s Almeida Theatre to write a new version of Euripides’s Medea. The new play is both thoroughly modern and bears the stamp of personality of this talented novelist and memoirist. That she fiercely loves her children, two boys, is apparent. She followed Euripides’s formula, creating a storyline which places the blame differently.

If you remember the story, Medea kills her sons when her unfaithful husband marries the young & well-tended daughter of Creon. Consid
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Bradley
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-shelf, fantasy
Yes, I'm giving this classic Greek play a 5 stars because it's classic, but DAMN. This is the classic trophy wife who's constantly misused by the men in her life (view spoiler)then laying down the LAW... all for the sake of revenge. Sweet, sweet revenge.

But to think that she would go so far as to kill her own children just for the sake of it... is chilling in the extreme.

The furies definitely rode this woman.

Simple, classic, and clear.

Oh, a
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Des
Jul 23, 2007 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
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David Sarkies
Feb 13, 2012 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
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Elliot A
Part of BBC’s “100 Stories that shaped the World” list, I thought it would be fun to keep track of all the works I have read that are listed.
I have been feeling kind of down and blue since finishing my term paper (go figure) and thought a Greek tragedy would afford me some perspective. It didn’t fail. It has been a while since I last read a play, let alone a Greek play, but I am still surprised how much I enjoyed it; I even smiled a few times.
Euripides’ writing and the dialogue he creates for M
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Carmen
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Voices of women ringing out. Not only do they have good speeches but their experience is the subject,
Medea does not passively sit back and accept the injustice of what has been happening to her, she is definitely not silent in the face of patriarchal injustice. When she feels aggrieved by man or men she asserts her own power, assuming she has just as much right to act in this way as any man does.
When Creon wants to banish her,she assumes that she has the right to speak (as well as to act). She
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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
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Will
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Katy
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A classic tragic play. I would love to see this one on the stage.
Gastón
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Steven
"O Zeus, you've given us the clear criteria to test
if gold is counterfeit: so why is there no stamp of guarantee
marked on the human body to discriminate which ones
among our men are fakes?"
Medea gives up her homeland and family for Jason, who proceeds to cheat on her with a Corinthian princess who he is set to marry. Medea, who isn't to be messed with, murders his new would-be wife by poisoning her, and—what is worse—kills her own children in an act of (ultimate?) revenge against Jason, who is
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sologdin
As with the Herakles, we start with the basic recitation of mythological lore, as passed along in Apollodorus:
They went to Corinth, and lived there happily for ten years, till Creon, king of Corinth, betrothed his daughter Glauce to Jason, who married her and divorced Medea. But she invoked the gods by whom Jason had sworn, and after often upbraiding him with his ingratitude she sent the bride a robe steeped in poison, which when Glauce had put on, she was consumed with fierce fire along with h
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Sita
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
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Shad
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
MEDEA OWNED HIS ASS AND JASON NEEDS TO WORK ON HIS WORD CHOICES DAMN HE'S A WEAK ASS MOTHERFUCKER. I'D GIVE THIS MORE STARS THAN FIVE IF I COULD.....
sad part is, sounds exactly like the conflicts of a saudi polygamous family
Jane
Penetrating psychological study of Medea, the wronged wife, and Jason, the unfeeling, selfish contemptible husband. Classic revenge tragedy.
c,
tbf tho jason was a dick
Carolina Morales
Nov 13, 2012 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:
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays, own
As much as I was impressed by the premise, I just can’t rate a Dover above a three.
Medea is in the headlines. She’s in the latest true crime publications. Funny thing though. Medea is now often Medeo. Men have a strong criminal profile of “if I can’t have you, then nobody can”.
This play I’m sure is often viewed as quite anti-feminist, with such phrases from the Chorus trying to cheer up Medea by telling her all husbands seek other bedmates at times it’s really not that big of a deal stop takin
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Shivam Chaturvedi
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Ashley
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: college, books-i-own
The extent of my knowledge on Greek Mythology derives from Rick Riordan's books and a few Greek based movies over the years. I have heard of Jason but I have never read a story about him or anything really specific about him nor Medea. I had no preconceptions going into this. I didn't know what was going to happen whatsoever. I only know this was one of the readings assigned to my Classical Mythology class.

Oh, my. My heart went out to Medea from the first page. I could feel her sorrow screaming
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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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