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? Ex Machina: If She Is Not A Woman, What Is She?

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Medea's appearance in the dragon-drawn chariot on the theologeion, usually reserved for gods, though the right ending, is an enigma. Throughout the play she has been compared to many things more or less than human: a rock, a wave, iron, a bull, a lion. This chapter looks at the details of the final scene. By the end of the play Medea is no longer a daughter, sister, wife, or mother. One talk of her failed relationships in her natal and conjugal families, betrayer of her father, killer of her brother, discarded wife, and child murderer. Yet there is another relationship which does not fail her. She is the granddaughter of Helios, the Sun god, whose gifts protect and empower her. The festivals that delight in stories of such murderous doings are those devoted to tragedy.

Keywords: dragon-drawn chariot; Helios; Medea; theologeion



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