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Euripides, Medea 131–213

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The Corinthian ladies of the chorus enter at Medea 131 with terse lyric anapaests and immediately confront the Nurse with a request for information; at the same time identifying themselves not merely as inquisitive strangers. This chapter discusses the musical scene, the choral part includes a strophe (14859) and antistrophe (17384); the Nurse continues to use the non-lyric anapaests with which she reacted to Medeas previous utterances from within at 967 and 111 14; and Medea has further loud utterances in lyric-toned anapaests (with Doric vocalization) at 1447 and 1607. The chorus have some prior knowledge of the unfortunate Colchian lady (132) and of the houses griefs (1367). It is surely surprising that 20413 does not follow 16072 immediately, but is separated from it, first by the choral antistrophe in which the Nurse is urged to go within to fetch Medea and the Nurses despondent reply (17383, 1849).

Keywords: Euripides, Medea 131213; Nurse



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