On What Medea was Told to Tell Us about Ancient Women’s Lives

I can’t be held accountable for papers I wrote as an undergrad, even if Dr. McDermott was my professor.

Georg Schauer

gsdg4f3There are only indirect tools for us today to draw conclusions about the lives of women in ancient Athens. Social status, norms or just habits can be reasoned about by looking at Athenian drama. Specifically, Medea’s speech from Euripides (230-51) has a lot of potentially interesting material on this subject. However, we must always consider a specific text in a wider context. Here, I believe that Medea’s special circumstances may be an obstacle to applying it to common Athenian women.

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