The Medea, in spite of its background of wonder and enchantment, is not a romantic play but a tragedy of character and situation. It deals, so to speak, not with the romance itself, but with the end of the romance, a thing which is so terribly often the reverse of romantic. For all but the very highest of romances are apt to have just one flaw somewhere, and in the story of Jason and Medea the flaw was of a fatal kind. The wildness and beauty of the Argo legend run through all Greek literature, from the mass of Corinthian lays older than our present Iliad, which later writers vaguely associate with the name of Eumêlus, to the "Fourth Pythian Ode" of Pindar and the beautiful Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius. Our poet knows the wildness and the beauty; but it is not these qualities that he specially seeks. He takes them almost for granted, and pierces through them to the sheer tragedy that lies below.
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Had To Read For School, So I Listened Instead
Don't buy this version.
I would certainly try another of Euripides works if it were read by someone else. I love reading these plays. This time I wanted to hear it. But this narrator is so bad that I can't understand how he got the job.
The lesson I learned is listen to the sample reading before purchasing. I didn't do this with Medea. I think this narrator is the only option if you want the unabridged version.
- David P. Gardner