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Medea - Euripides, Rex Warner Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC. The plot centers on the barbarian protagonist as she finds her position in the Greek world threatened, and the revenge she takes against her husband Jason who has betrayed her for another woman.

Euripides produced Medea along with the lost plays Philoctetes, Dictys and the satyr play Theristai, earning him last place at the City Dionysia festival for that year. In spite of its last place in the contest, this is the only one of the plays from that year that have survived.

I read this play because a book group I belong to discussed it. We were lucky to have in our group a person who had taught a college class on Classical Greek and Roman literature. So our group learned a lot more than anticipated.