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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, 59 pages
Published April 19th 1993 by Dover Publications (first published -431)
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May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greece, classical, 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
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

“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
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 atrajeron luego de mi paso de un año y medio en la carrera de Licenciatura en Letras.
Allí pude leer varias obras de los aedos más famosos como Esquilo y 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.
Lo que sorpre
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,
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
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
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
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
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.
Sarvenaz Taridashti
میدانی چگونه باید دعا کنی تا خردمندانه باشد؟
باید دعا کنی که چیزهای پسندیده برایت هرگز دردآور نباشند و آن قدر خوب شوی که از بداقبالی ات رنج نکشی!
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”
نقد روز
مدهآ که اغلب از آن به عنوان بزرگ ترین اثر اوریپید یاد می شود، مطالعه ای قدرتمند در باب فرآیند تبدیل شدن عشق به نفرت است. این نمایشنامه اگرچه یک تراژدی است، ولی با مفهومی که ارسطو از تراژدی ارائه داده بود تفاوت دارد. اما موفق می شود تاثیری فوق العاده بر روی مخاطب به جای بگذارد. این نمایشنامه هم چنین به خوبی نشان می دهد که اوریپید در نمایش رنج انسان، تا چه حد متفاوت از تراژدی نویس های هم عصر خود همچون سوفوکل و آیسخولوس عمل می کرد. در مدهآ دیگر مخاطب نمی تواند از نمایشنامه از نظر روحی فاصله بگیرد و ...more
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
«Ho colpito al tuo cuore, così come dovevo.»

C’è poco da dire su Medea*, perché ci sarebbe veramente tanto da scrivere di un’opera che è assoluta: per modernità, universalità e attualità.
Un capolavoro, che ho avuto la fortuna di vedere rappresentato a teatro - Teatro Quirino nel lontano 1987 - interpretato da una splendida e unica Mariangela Melato.
(Giasone, e gli argonauti tutti, non pervenuti, regia di Giancarlo Sepe)


Del tutto all’altezza dell’opera le note critiche e il saggio introd
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
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.
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
juan carlos
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Díganme loco, díganme enfermo. Pero me encanta leer tragedias griegas y más esta por que está mi hechicera y bruja favorita en la literatura clásica.
¿Para qué leer medea?

1. En un principio para darte cuenta que muchas costumbres de antes aún se siguen reproduciendo hoy en dia.
2. Para darte cuenta la fuerza de una tragedia y la fuerza de la magia oscura para cobrar venganza.
3. El final esta cubierto de dolor, horror y sangre. Medea es un gran personaje que admiro mucho y que siempre recurro a le
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 ^.^

Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«یک زن مدرن ممکن است مدهآ را به عنوان نمونهای از تنگناهایی که زنان را در زندگیِ امروزی آزار میدهد، تفسیر کند: تنها راه دستیابی به موفقیت در این جهان زدودنِ زنانگی و مادرانگی است.»

(من نسخهی بیدگل را --با آن ترجمهی فوقالعاده-- خواندم که در گودریدز به اشتباه روی نسخهی سنکا اضافه شده است.)
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Sí, siento los estragos que voy a causar;
pero la pasión es más fuerte que mis resoluciones
y ella causa, en el mundo, los peores males.
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
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
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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
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
Teresa Proença
Esta review está minada de spoilers. Mas penso que é irrelevante. Além do mito ser conhecido, este género de literatura não vive das surpresas do enredo mas da emoção dada pelas palavras e dos estímulos para pesquisar, aprofundar, aprender, desfrutar... eu, muitas vezes, porque já sei o que vai acontecer, enervo-me e emociono-me mais do que quando leio algo de que desconheço a história.

Medeia é uma das personagens mais fascinantes da mitologia. Inspira repulsa por ter cometido o crime mais nefa
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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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