On Tuesday, November 1, our
unit on Jason & Medea begins. As before, we start with a look at some ancient sources
on these characters.
Note that the myth divides pretty
cleanly into two parts: adventure in the quest for the Golden Fleece
versus tragedy in the death of Jason and Medea's children. We'll be
spending equal cinematic time with both, but our primary and secondary
sources for today will emphasize the latter.
(1) Read the following chapters from Emma Griffiths' book, Medea
(Routledge, 2006). These brief overviews of Medea's mythology and her
treatment by Euripides (and, by extension, those of Jason) ought to set
the tone for this unit.
NOTE: It's up to you whether you want to read Chapter 6 before or after Euripides' play (see item 3, below).
the podcast on the tragic poet Euripides and the podcast on Greek tragedy for context on item (3).
(3) Read Euripides' tragedy, Medea,
arguably the tragedian's most famous play and the quintessential Medea
text. Though our first films will focus on the voyage of the Argo, we'll quickly realize that tragedy is never too far away for Jason and Medea.