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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.

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Greek Drama – a brief history and some technicalities Tragedy was only one of a number of performing art forms current in classical Athens. Music, song and literature pervaded private homes as well as village and state festivals, where audiences could hear soloists and small ensembles sing to the accompaniment of oboes (auloi) or lyres. In the Theatre of Dionysus itself, its wooden benches set on the southern slope of the Acropolis above the flat orkhēstra (‘dancing ground’), where the chorus sang and danced in front of the skēnē (stage building), they could enjoy not only dramas but also performances of choral dithyrambs (hymns to Dionysus).

So, if the Church of England was once described as ‘the establishment at prayer’, the City Dionysia may in many ways be thought of as the Athenian Assembly at play. This is one of several reasons why I personally believe that the audience at the City Dionysia was exclusively male. Another has to do with Athenians’ shamefully misogynistic view of women, especially clever women. Literary sources for fifth-century BC Athens come exclusively from men and cannot conceal the vitriol (worthy of the worst modern tabloid journalism) with which the average Athenian male viewed talented, well-educated women.

So, if the Church of England was once described as ‘the establishment at prayer’, the City Dionysia may in many ways be thought of as the Athenian Assembly at play. This is one of several reasons why I personally believe that the audience at the City Dionysia was exclusively male. Another has to do with Athenians’ shamefully misogynistic view of women, especially clever women. Literary sources for fifth-century BC Athens come exclusively from men and cannot conceal the vitriol (worthy of the worst modern tabloid journalism) with which the average Athenian male viewed talented, well-educated women.

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