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Medea In Corinth

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Politics in ancient Athens belonged to men. And yet the Medea, though it is a play about a woman among women and a woman's power, is recognized as one of Euripides' most political plays. More recently, Rainer Friedrich (1993) refers to the play as "Euripides' dramatization of the crisis of the polis". In Creon's Corinth there is no public debate, no chorus of elders, no chance for the use of reason. Creon himself is king, herald, and judge. In this vacuum of civic life the chorus of Corinthian women becomes the voice of the citizen body raised in protest against injustice and the domination of bad men. This chapter looks at the relation of the citizens to the city, at the vocabulary of power, the radicalization of the chorus of Corinthian women, and the empowerment of the powerless.

Keywords: Corinth; Euripides; Medea



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