Euripides' Medea comes alive in this new translation that will be useful for both academic study and stage production. Diane J. Rayor's accurate yet accessible translation reflects the play's inherent theatricality and vibrant poetry. The book includes an analytical introduction and comprehensive notes, and an essay on directing Medea by stage director Karen Libman. The play begins after Medea, a princess in her own land, has sacrificed everything for Jason: she helped him in his quest for the Golden Fleece, eloped with him to Greece, and bore him sons. When Jason breaks his oath to her and betrays her by marrying the king's daughter - his ticket to the throne - Medea contemplates the ultimate retribution. What happens when words deceive and those you trust most do not mean what they say? Euripides' most enduring Greek tragedy is a fascinating and disturbing story of how far a woman will go to take revenge in a man's world.
Diane J. Rayor is Professor of Classics at Grand Valley State University, Michigan. She has written four translations of ancient Greek poetry and drama: Sophocles' Antigone: A New Translation (Cambridge, 2011), Homeric Hymns: A Translation, with Introduction and Notes (2004), Sappho's Lyre: Archaic Lyric and Women Poets of Ancient Greece (1991) and Callimachus with Stanley Lombardo (1988). She is co-editor of Latin Lyric and Elegiac Poetry (1995). In 2011, Rayor received the most prestigious faculty award at Grand Valley State University, the Glenn A. Niemeyer Outstanding Faculty Award, for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2010, Colorado College awarded Rayor the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
1. Introduction; 2. Scene list; 3. Cast of characters; 4. Medea; 5. On directing Medea by Karen Libman; 6. Notes.