The old songs will have to change.
No more hymns to our faithlessness and deceit.
Apollo, god of song, lord of the lyre,
never passed on the flame of poetry to us.
But if we had that voice, what songs
we'd sing of men's failings, and their blame. History is made by women, just as much as men.
Medea has been betrayed. Her husband, Jason, has left her for a younger woman. He has forgotten all the promises he made and is even prepared to abandon their two sons. But Medea is not a woman to accept such disrespect passively. Strong-willed and fiercely intelligent, she turns her formidable energies to working out the greatest, and most horrifying, revenge possible.
Euripides' devastating tragedy is shockingly modern in the sharp psychological exploration of the characters and the gripping interactions between them. Award-winning poet Robin Robertson has captured both the vitality of Euripides' drama and the beauty of his phrasing, reinvigorating this masterpiece for the twenty-first century.
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AeŽtes AEGEUS Aeson Aethra Aphrodite Apollo Argo Athenian banished beautiful blood boys bride bring brother CHORUS Clashing Rocks Colchis Creon Cretheus curse dead dear death Dionysus drama enemies Euripides everything evil exile Exit Jason father friends Fury gifts give goddess gold Golden Fleece Greece Greek grief Gulf of Corinth hand happy hate hear heart Helios Hera hero honor husband Iolcos Jason and Medea justice killed king of Athens king of Corinth leave lives look lust marriage marrying MEDEA Go MESSENGER mistress mortal mother Mount Pelion murder never NURSE oath oath-breaker Oh gods oracle pain palace Pelias PITTHEUS play poetry poison pray princess punishment rage Robin Robertson royal sail servant sons stand stay tell Themis there’s Theseus things told Troezen turned TUTOR weep What’s wife woman women words wrong young Zeus