Medea (review)

Medea (review) Reviews ton.3 With the history of the major witchcraft trials now almost accomplished, we also seem ready for a new assault on the ancient world as well as the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, periods that bristle with interest even if they did not convict witches by the gross. It is a measure of just how good this Encyclopedia is that we can now see more clearly what work needs to be done. h. c. erik midelfort University of Virginia emma griffiths. Medea. London and New York: Routledge, 2006. Pp. xvi 147. For those whose knowledge of Medea derives primarily from Euripides' play, Emma Griffiths's new introduction to this mythical Greek heroine/ villainess will provide a number of surprises. Here they will meet several different Medeas. The one who killed her children is, to be sure, featured prominently but other, less murderous versions of Medea also appear. In addition to Medea the witch there is Medea the ``young, vulnerable girl overwhelmed by love'' (p. 89). One Medea attempted to kill Theseus but another was a healer and Achilles' wife in the afterlife. This book, part of Routledge's series ``Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World,'' looks at a variety http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft University of Pennsylvania Press

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Reviews ton.3 With the history of the major witchcraft trials now almost accomplished, we also seem ready for a new assault on the ancient world as well as the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, periods that bristle with interest even if they did not convict witches by the gross. It is a measure of just how good this Encyclopedia is that we can now see more clearly what work needs to be done. h. c. erik midelfort University of Virginia emma griffiths. Medea. London and New York: Routledge, 2006. Pp. xvi 147. For those whose knowledge of Medea derives primarily from Euripides' play, Emma Griffiths's new introduction to this mythical Greek heroine/ villainess will provide a number of surprises. Here they will meet several different Medeas. The one who killed her children is, to be sure, featured prominently but other, less murderous versions of Medea also appear. In addition to Medea the witch there is Medea the ``young, vulnerable girl overwhelmed by love'' (p. 89). One Medea attempted to kill Theseus but another was a healer and Achilles' wife in the afterlife. This book, part of Routledge's series ``Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World,'' looks at a variety

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Magic, Ritual, and WitchcraftUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: May 11, 2008

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