Euripides' Medea

Classics Program for Teachers

Euripides' Medea

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Medea is one of the most complex figures in Greek mythology-helping heroine, jilted lover, barbarian, witch, dark avenger, child killer. The most influential depiction is Euripides' tragedy Medea, performed in Athens for the first time in 431 B.c. This workshop offers several different perspectives on Euripides' drama with a view to teaching it in the high school classroom. Participants will read the play in the translation by Diane Arnson Svarlien - one of the presenters at the workshop - a copy of which they will receive in advance. The workshop will also include viewing and discussion of the renowned Kennedy Center production of the Medea featuring Zoe Caldwell and Dame Judith Anderson.

Program Agenda

The Morning

'A Day in the Greek Theater in 431 B.c.' by Jon Mikalson,
'Capturing Euripides' Medea in Translation' by Diane Arnson Svarlien
'Medea after Euripides' by John F. Miller


Viewing of the Kennedy Center Production of the Medea.

The Afternoon

Discussion of performance and of teaching the Medea , moderated by Lisa Marshall



March 12, 2011 10:00am to 3:00pm

Zehmer Hall

University of Virginia

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