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Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft
For those whose knowledge of Medea derives primarily from Euripides’ play, Emma Griffiths’s new introduction to this mythical Greek heroine/ villainess will provide a number of surprises. Here they will meet several different Medeas. The one who killed her children is, to be sure, featured prominently but other, less murderous versions of Medea also appear. In addition to Medea the witch there is Medea the ‘‘young, vulnerable girl overwhelmed by love’’ (p. 89). One Medea attempted to kill Theseus but another was a healer and Achilles’ wife in the afterlife. This book, part of Routledge’s series ‘‘Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World,’’ looks at a variety of Medeas as well as a number of different approaches to understanding her myth. It is geared toward (and is, indeed, ideally suited to) the upper level undergraduate course in mythology or classical drama.
University of Pennsylvania Press
Hollander, David B., "Review of Medea" (2007). History Publications. 102.