By David Stuttard
Euripides' Medea is among the almost always learn, studied and played of all Greek tragedies. A searingly merciless tale of a woman's brutal revenge on a husband who has rejected her for a more youthful and richer bride, it's strange between Greek dramas for its acute portrayal of girl psychology. Medea can seem instantly undying and strikingly sleek. but, the play is especially a lot a manufactured from the political and social international of 5th century Athens and an realizing of its unique context, in addition to a attention of the responses of later a long time, is essential to appreciating this paintings and its legacy. This choice of essays by way of top teachers addresses those concerns, exploring key subject matters equivalent to revenge, personality, mythology, the top of the play, the refrain and Medea's position as a witch. different essays examine the play's context, non secular connotations, stagecraft and reception. The essays are observed via David Stuttard's English translation of the play, that's performer-friendly, obtainable but actual and heavily trustworthy to the unique.