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Medea by Evelyn De Morgan.

Medea (Greek: Μήδεια, Mēdeia, Georgian: მედეა, Medea) is a woman in Greek mythology. She was the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis,[1[[|]]] niece of Circe, granddaughter of the sun god Helios, and later wife to the hero Jason, with whom she had two children, Mermeros and Pheres. In Euripides's play Medea, Jason leaves Medea when Creon, king of Corinth, offers him his daughter, Glauce.[2[[|]]] The play tells of how Medea gets her revenge on her husband for this betrayal.
The myths involving Jason have been interpreted by specialists[3[[|]]] as part of a class of myths that tell how the Hellenes of the distant heroic age, before the Trojan War, faced the challenges of the pre-Greek "Pelasgian" cultures of mainland Greece, the Aegean and Anatolia. Jason, Perseus, Theseus, and above all Heracles, are all "liminal" figures, poised on the threshold between the old world of shamans, chthonic earth deities, and the new Bronze Age Greek ways.[4[[|]]]
Medea figures in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, a myth known best from a late literary version worked up by Apollonius of Rhodes in the 3rd century B.C. and called the Argonautica. However, for all its self-consciousness and researched archaic vocabulary, the late epic was based on very old, scattered materials. Medea is known in most stories as an enchantress and is often depicted as being a priestess of the goddess Hecate or a witch. The myth of Jason and Medea is very old, originally written around the time Hesiod wrote the Theogony. It was known to the composer of the Little Iliad, part of the Epic Cycle.

Medea the Play
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1919 title sheet from a University of Cambridge printing.
Written by
Corinthian Women
Medea's two children
Date premiered
431 BCE
Before Medea's house in Corinth
Medea (Greek: Μήδεια / Mēdeia) is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC. The plot centers on the barbarian protagonist as she finds her position in the Greek world threatened, and the revenge she takes against her husband Jason who has betrayed her for another woman. Euripides produced the Medea along with the lost plays Philoctetes, Dictys and the satyr play Thersitai, winning the third prize (out of three) at the City Dionysia festival for that year.[1[[|]]]

MEDEA (1983) Zoe Caldwell (Youtube clip)

1. **The Internet Classics Archive | Medea by Euripides**
By Euripides. Commentary: Quite a few comments have been posted about Medea. ... While Medea, his hapless wife, thus scorned, appeals to the oaths he swore, ...

1. **Medea**
The Medea tells the story of the jealousy and revenge of a woman ... Jason arrives and reproaches Medea with having provoked her sentence by her own violent ...

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Videos and DVDs

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DVD 882.01 MED
This production of Euripides is by Classic Productions and the University of Otago.
VT 882.01 MED
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cast: Maria Callas, Guiseppe Gentile, Laurent Terzieff
Motion picture adaptation of the Euripidean tragedy, which draws on the majesty of ritual theatre and provides an exploration of bizarre and Marxist interpretations of Freudian themes

MEDEA (1983) Zoe Caldwell (Youtube clip)
Pasolini, Maria Callas - Medea (1969) 01/12
MEDEA (1959) Judith Anderson