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Medea And Her Children

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In earlier versions of Medea's legend the children were killed either by accident or by the Corinthians. Even if Neophron's version in which Medea herself kills her children antedates that of Euripides, the filicide was still associated with Euripides' version, so much so that he was accused of taking a bribe to transfer the murder from the Corinthians to Medea. This chapter looks in detail at the powerful farewell scene between Medea and her children just before they are sent into the black hole of the house to be murdered. By going over the speech line by line and word by word, the author focuses the kind of tools the ancient poet had at his disposal to keep the past alive in the present and to show the heroic temper divided.

Keywords: Corinthians; Euripides' version; Medea; Medea's children; Neophron's version



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