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On completion of this module students should be able to:
* translate the text with confidence and accuracy;
* evaluate modern interpretations of the text;
* answer questions on specific points in the text;
* construct a relevant and analytical essay on the text.
Euripides, Medea, ed. D.J. Mastronarde (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
The edition by A. Elliott (Oxford University Press, 1969) is more elementary, and has a useful vocabulary.
Recommended Secondary Literature
W. Allan, Euripides: Medea (London, 2002)
A.P. Burnett, ‘Medea and the tragedy of revenge’ Classical Philology 68 (1973), 1–24 (http://www.jstor.org/stable/268785)
–––––– , Revenge in Attic and Later Tragedy (Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1998), Ch. 8
D.J. Conacher, Euripidean Drama (Toronto, 1967), Ch. 10
H.P. Foley, ‘Medea’s Divided Self’, Classical Antiquity 8 (1989), 61–85 ≈ Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (Princeton, 2001), Ch. III.5
R. Just, Women in Athenian Law and Life (London, 1989), pp. 268–76
B.M.W. Knox, ‘The Medea of Euripides’, Yale Classical Studies 25 (1977), 193–225. Reprinted in E. Segal (ed.), Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy (Oxford, 1983)
Indicative Coursework Essay Titles
(a) ‘A bourgeois quarrel between an obtusely selfish man and an over-passionate woman’ (D.W. Lucas). How adequate is this as an account of Euripides’ Medea?
(b) ‘Medea is quite certain that the gods will support her punishment of Jason. And the final surprising appearance of the chariot of the sun seems to prove her right’ (Helene Foley). Discuss.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Students taking this module should have some experience of reading unadapted Greek texts.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Class Test: 50-minute test (translation and comment)||Week 11||n/a||Graded||No||
|Class Test: 50-minute test (translation and comment)||Week 5||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: 1,500 word essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Students will receive detailed individual feedback on all their assignments.
|Dr Bridget Martin||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|