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Medea: From Epic to Tragedy


Davis, PJ, Medea: From Epic to Tragedy, Brill's Companion to Valerius Flaccus, Brill, M Heerink and G Manuwald (ed), Leiden, pp. 432. ISBN 9789004278653 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/9789004278653


The history of Medea's place in Greco-Roman literature is long and complex. For Valerius' Flavian readers that history extended back some eight centuries and included works in two languages and a multiplicity of genres: epic and tragedy, lyric and elegy. Complex too is Medea's biography, for her roles include Jason's virgin-lover in Colchis, murderous wife in Iolcus, abandoned mother in Corinth, poisonous stepmother in Athens, potential filicide in Colchis and even wife of Achilles in the underworld. But of these six episodes two stand out: the epic story of the princess who helps the foreign hero and the tragic tale of the woman who kills her sons.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:literature; intertextuality; Rome; Argonautica; poetry; epic; 1st century AD; Flavian age; Valerius Flaccus
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:History and philosophy of specific fields
Research Field:History of philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Davis, PJ (Professor Peter Davis)
ID Code:120524
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-08-28
Last Modified:2018-02-19

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