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Further Notes On Euripides’ Medea

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Phaedra's long speech is one of the most important elements in Euripides' most intricate play. We may confidently assume that with his surpassing interest in women and in rhetoric the dramatist will have lavished more than usual pains upon it. Interpretation of it has suffered in the past from false preconceptions and lexicological imprecision. This chapter presents some notes on Euripides' Medea. Recent editions of Medea invite further discussion of some issues, especially where there is disagreement. The author refers (as 'M'.) to Mastronarde's weighty edition in the Cambridge series, and (as 'K'.) to Kovacs' preceding treatment of the play (with translation) in the first volume of his Euripides for the Loeb Classical Library; also (as 'D'.) to Diggle's Oxford Text.

Keywords: Medea; Cambridge; Diggle; Euripides; Kovacs; Loeb Classical Library; Mastronarde; Oxford Text; Phaedra



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