Euripides. Medea -- Criticism and interpretation, Euripides -- Aesthetics, Greek drama (Tragedy)


By drawing on the Homeric tradition, Euripides creates an image of Medea as epic hero with aspects of both Achilles and Odysseus. But this is not enough. As this paper shows, ultimately the portrait that emerges of Medea is that of Proteus. In addition, this paper asserts that not only is Medea a protean figure, but the very shape of the drama that Euripides concocts is protean as well. He shapeshifts the traditional aspects of the tragedy he transforms the form.

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