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Unformatted text preview: Euripedes (480-406 B.C.E.) Medea What do I need to read? “Euripedes” Pages 693-694 in Vol. A Medea Pages 695-725 in Vol. A The opening lines of Medea in Greek: Trophos Eith' ôphel' Argous mê diaptasthai skaphos Kolkhôn es aian kuaneas Sumplêgadas, mêd' en napaisi Pêliou pesein pote tmêtheisa peukê, mêd' eretmôsai kheras andrôn aristeôn hoi to pankhruson deros Peliai metêlthon. ou gar an despoin' emê Mêdeia purgous gês epleus' Iôlkias erôti thumon ekplageis' Iasonos: oud' an ktanein peisasa Peliadas koras patera katôikei tênde gên Korinthian xun andri kai teknoisin, handanousa men phugas politais hôn aphiketo khthona Who is Euripedes anyway? • he was a Greek playwright as important as Sophocles (Oedipus Rex ) and Aristophanes (Lysistrata ), though he did not win as many awards as his colleagues • Sophocles is reported to have said that Euripedes showed men as they really are, instead of how they ought to be • this realism was sometimes hard to tolerate • he is known for his frequent use of the providential appearance of a god at end of play (deus ex machina ), though this was seen as a weakness • Aristophanes regularly mocked the plays of Euripedes • Euripedes believed that the characters’ tragic fates stem almost entirely from their own flawed natures and uncontrolled passions • he examined human nature with its instincts, passions, and motives • he dealt with the cruelty and selfishness of man Euripedes holding a theatre mask The actress Sarah Bernhardt as Medea by Alphonse Mucha What did he write? Medea (431 B.C.E.) • this is a dramatic and absorbing Greek tragedy • the central character is a heroine sometimes seen as a tragic agent and sometimes as a tragic victim • Medea is a woman driven only by passion, headstrong and proud • Euripedes seduces the audience into sympathy with the protagonist, Medea, and then destroys that sympathy by a display of wanton brutality Who are these people?...
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