and the Issue of Loyalty
Euripides' "Medea" has been considered as one of the
greatest and most powerful plays ever written. Ever since the invention
of theater few plays have been discussed as much, and very few have
had an equal impact.
Throughout the centuries and up to the present day, Medea's enchanting
story has never ceased to affect and fascinate people. Her story,
the story of the woman who sacrifices everything on the altar of
her husband's success and, at the end, finds herself betrayed and
abandoned is a familiar one. But the sweeping, passionate, destructive
violence to which her revenge takes her is unprecedented and deeply
disturbing. The killing of her own children, and her miraculous,
god-like appearance on the Sun's chariot at the play's end has troubled
a lot readers and critics alike. So ever since its composition,
the "Medea" has been interpreted in a variety of ways,
and has often become the battlefield on which critics have defended
diametrically opposite points of view.
In this seminar, through the reenactment of Medea's most powerful
speeches, we will try to discern the value of the deeper message
that Euripides tried to convey to his fellow Athenians of the fifth
century BC and to us.