October 5- Euripides, Medea

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October 5, 2007 Euripides, Medea Gender and Morality Medea as Everywoman Medea’s first speech to chorus (women of Corinth): 214-66 The difficult situation of women in general in Greek society: 230-51 Medea’s situation more difficult than that of women in general since she has no birth family (but note that all women were ‘foreigners’ in their husband’s households): 252-58 Appeal for solidarity: 259-61 Appeal to negative stereotypes about women: 262-65 (why does Euripides end the speech in this way?) First Choral Ode: 410-45 First Strophe and Antistrophe: Medea will vindicate women against men Second Strophe and Antistrophe: Sympathetic restatement of Medea’s situation, implicitly justifying her desire for revenge Women in Greek Society Strong misogynistic streak (Hesiod; Hippolytus’ speech at Hippolytus 616-50); typical? General acceptance (among men!) of the idea that women are inferior to men: physically, mentally, emotionally Women seen as physically weaker and unable to engage in strenuous activity Women seen as less capable of reason and more governed by emotions
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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October 5- Euripides, Medea - October 5, 2007 Euripides,...

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