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Date:2010-01-07 14:47
Subject:FIC: Five Ways Medea Lost Herself (to/with Jason)

Title: Five Ways Medea Lost Herself (to/with Jason)
Fandom: Greek mythology (Euripides/Seneca/Ovid/Assorted sources)
Summary: It wasn’t love; she did not love easily, but there were other things to feel for him, and so she did.
Rating: FRT-13
Notes: Written for Yuletide2009.


(Colchis sat on an island surrounded by rocky ridges that no ship ever passed through. To the Greeks, Colchis was the end of the world, but for the Colchians - for Medea - the rest of the world had not even existed before Jason and his ship docked on their shore.)

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Date:2006-09-03 19:27
Subject:How Medea and Hedda Gabler Combine Tradition and Unconventionality

Today I'm taking a break from spamming the community with my art stuff---instead I'm spamming it with my old essays. ^_~
I highly doubt that anyone in here is interested in stealing a high-schooler's Literature essays. But this is f-locked anyway so no Googlesearching will accidentally find it either. XD

An essay about Medea is, of course, going to involve me making statements based on how I personally see her character. If you agree or disagree with any of what I say about her, please feel free to tell me!
And if any Medea and/or Euripides experts see this amateur saying something completely off-the-wall, feel free to verbally smack me...^_^;;;

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Well, that's all for now...
(I hope you liked it, assimbya! ^_^)

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Date:2006-09-02 15:47
Subject:Medea II (ink/colored pencil)

Medea II (mid-2005)
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The fact that Medea is in stark black & white while the rest of the piece is in pastel colors is supposed to represent several things:
1) Medea's extreme personality, which doesn't seem to have any 'middle gears.' She's madly in love with Jason, and kills to help him. Then when he betrays her she hates him passionately, and she kills to hurt him. Nothing in the middle, just an abrupt plunge from the deepest love to the deepest hate.
2) Medea's foreignness, and the fact that ultimately she essentially doesn't fit in with Greek ideas of womanhood, allowing her to do what she did.

(Personally, I don't think the colored pencil bits turned out very well at all, but oh well...)

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Date:2006-09-01 01:24
Subject:Medea I (print)

Here's my first Medea piece, from early 2005--a lino-block print creatively entitled Medea I. XD

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Medea's pose is inspired by the "pinwheel stance" of the Gorgon on the West Pediment of the Temple of Artemis at Corfu, for several reasons. The stance is supposed to convey motion, hopefully emphasizing the violence of Medea's actions. The pinwheel stance could possibly be interpreted as a "hex sign," tying in with Medea's powers of sorcery. And lastly, Medea, like a Gorgon, is a strong & dangerous female character in Greek mythology.
Thanks go to H.W. Janson's History of Art for the inspiration. :D

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Date:2006-08-31 10:59
Subject:First Post -- hello, all!

Two years ago, at the beginning of 11th grade, we read Euripides' Medea for Literature class. I instantly hated Jason, and Medea herself quickly grew on me, especially when I began examining the text in detail for my essay.
For the next year or so, Medea took up residence in my head and could not be budged. Did I need to write a Lit essay comparing two characters from different works? I used Medea as one of them. Did I need to do an Art piece? I did one on Medea. The woman would not leave me alone!
I think, after three essays and three art pieces, I've mostly exorcised her...but I'd like to share my works with other Medea lovers here, and see what you all think of them! :)

originally posted to muse_secrets:
an ostrakon "postcard" bearing handwriting suspiciously similar to that of my rather vicious Medea-muse...

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Date:2006-06-17 14:22

Hi there! ladyshrew just told me about this community, and I love Medea, so here I am! I'm an actress, not a scholar, so I've pretty much just read the play (in various translations), but I'm definitely interested in reading more. My interest in Medea started in middle school, when I was studying Greek mythology and learned that she had killed her brother and chopped him into itty-bitty pieces - what can I say, I hated my little brother. *g* I read the play for class in my junior year of high school, and Medea quickly became one of my dream roles. I think she'd be fascinating to play - the depths of emotion, the challenge of making her sympathetic to an audience, etc. So far I haven't had the opportunity to audition, or even see the play, but I've got time. I did just start playing Medea at desperatefans, which should be... interesting, to say the least. *g*

Aaand, that's about it! I'm looking forward to joining in here. :)

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Date:2006-06-17 01:45
Subject:Discussion Questions
Mood: curious

Greetings, fellow Medeaphiles!

Here's a new discussion question, for those of you who have read both Euripides' Medea and Andromache:

How much of Andromache's fate could also be ascribed to Medea, had she not taken the action she did again Jason? Would Medea, once divorced, have also suffered the same fate as a concubine, as she was a foreign woman on Greek soil?

Looking forward to your answers!

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Date:2006-06-14 02:23

First, if you are so inclined, read this.


Poll #747718 Jason

Would you name your child Jason?

Yes, because I hate my offspring THAT MUCH!
HELL no!

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Date:2006-05-30 10:18
Mood: blah

First of all I'd like to thank ladyshrew and xanzpet for accepting me into this community.

Now please bare with me...even though I'm a avid reader writing is not my forte..so here goes...

I've always admired classical greek culture... The importance they placed in the arts, literature, and sciences. The prominate role of politics and philiosophy. Their admiration and mastery of the human form, and acknowledgement of the often contradicting and polar sides of human nature. I always found it interesting that their value system was based more on honor and ethics as opposed to guilt and morals. Any civilization where philosophical debates and playwrite contests are considered major events get major propts from me.
Mind you, they did have their faults (what civilization doesn't) especially taking the honor and revenage thing too far at times.
My one major dissapointment though has always been their very negative view towards women...

When I first read Euripade's Medea my Freshman year in college if found it to be so refreshing. I loved the fact that he showed Medea in a sypmatheic light, with the kind of complexity that is often reserved for men, and acknowledged that women in greek society bascially got a shit deal. Best of all though.....Medea gets away with it!!! woo hooo!!!

uumm....so anyway...HI

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Date:2006-05-27 16:18
Subject:Discussion Question
Mood: cheerful

Hey Everyone!

FYI -- ladyshrew is now a co-moderator of this community! YAY!

I was perusing my Grene/Lattimore copy of Medea today, as I am apt to do, and was struck by a few lines. I decided it'd be neat to open the forum and get some discussion going.

Chorus: "But can you have the heart to kill your flesh and blood?"

Medea: "Yes, for this is the best way to wound my husband."

But is it that simple? Might Medea have other motivations for harming her children, other than simple revenge against her adulterous wretch of a husband? If so, what are they?

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Date:2006-02-22 20:39

Can somebody please tell me where I can find a classical account in which it's Medea who personally kills her brother? Not Euripides with his slight mention of the fact that she did, I'm talking about the version of the story where they take her brother and throw him overboard in pieces as a distraction.

I've read Apollonius, Pindar, and Ovid's Metamorphoses, and I haven't found that version yet. (Unless of course I'm an idiot whose mental abilities have been exhausted beyond repair by her research paper.) I've seen references, but I can't figure out what the primary source for it is.


Edited to keep you updated: so far, the one line of Sophocles' Colchian Women I have been able to find is, of Ganymede, "Inflaming with his thighs the royalty of Zeus."

Um, I think this is a sign it's time to work on other things for the night.

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Date:2006-02-05 00:29
Subject:Medea as a model for prison inmates?

Anyone else seen this? Thoughts on it? I find it a bit dubious myself. I'm glad people want to spread our beloved Medea, but I'm not so sure "flying away on a dragon-drawn chariot to avoid getting caught" is the message we should be sending to prison inmates... (I gather that's not the message they think they're sending, but it sure seems like a big one they could glean from Euripides, anyway...)


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Date:2006-01-08 10:23
Subject:Fan fiction post

I'm almost certain fan fiction is allowed here...I wrote this story as a holiday gift for Kethlenda and I thought the people here might be interested in it.

Title: Purification
Pairing: Medea/Circe
Summary: Medea goes to Aeaea, haunted by the death of her brother, and learns something quite different from what she expects...
Rating: PG - 13, perhaps light R for violence.
Warnings: Femslash, incest

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Date:2006-01-08 17:45

I hope it's alright to post this here. I'd really like some feedback from people who know the myths.

Title: When She Left
Pairing: Medea/Calypso
Summary: History spins and repeats.
Rating: PG
Feedback: Please! I'd like to know about any mistakes in the mythology and whether or not the style works. And any spelling/grammar/clumsy phrasing. Believe me, I have a thick skin.
Warnings: FEMSLASH. As in homosexuality. Nothing explicit, but you have been warned. This pairing is so prozacpark's fault. She got me thinking about Medea slash.

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Date:2005-12-31 00:05
Subject:Trying again

All right, I decided to break it down into bite-sized pieces. Comments greatly desired. Let me know how I'm doing with Medea. If you like it, I'll post more.

Tile: "Faithfully" Chapter 3: Precocious
Author: atq1
Main characters: Barty Crouch Jr, Medea Jones (OC)
Ratings/Warnings: PG-13 for onset-of-puberty stuff

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Date:2005-12-26 23:46
Subject:My "Harry Potter" story featuring a Medea: Background

The basics, so you can decide if you want to read the whole backstory or not.

Tile: Faithfully
Author: atq1
Ratings/Warnings: Eventually NC-17 for sex and violence
SPOILERS FOR ALL HP BOOKS, spoilers included in backstory.
Genres: Gen/Romance
Summary: Barty Crouch Jr. first saw Medea Jones on Platform 9 3/4. It was love at first sight, even though he they were only 11. As they grow, they realize there are forces that would keep them apart. But Medea, named for her ancestress, is not easily swayed. Even after Barty is seduced by evil, she clings to him and tries to make him see the error of his ways. When he is taken from her, she travels the world to become the premier alchemist. Too late she learns that her beloved had escaped and returned to his master. He was recaptured and given the Dementor's kiss, a fate worse than death. Barty Crouch Jr. has not been forgotten. Though he lies alone in a cold cell in Azkaban, the woman who has loved him since he was a child is planning his emancipation and restoration. Medea Crouch is a witch of unlimited knowledge, unfathomable power and insatable vengance. Woe unto the one she blames for her separation from her beloved husband, for he will surely die. Nothing is impossible for the one who loves faithfully.

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Date:2005-12-26 22:01
Mood: bouncy

Greetings Fellow Medeaphiles!

The semester has drawn to a close and I spent the past few months teaching introductory mythology to undergraduates, which included The Medea of Euripides, albeit only perfunctorily, much to my chagrin. Now that my time is my own again, and my love for Medea has been reinvigorated, I have more time to ponder all of the issues this play and the associated myths raise.

I'd be interested in seeing your responses to some of the study questions I posed my students:

1) Did Medea have to kill her children? Did she have alternatives? If so, what were they?

2) Why does Medea choose to kill her children? What is the symbolic nature of such an act?

3) There is evidence that Medea attained cult status in Greece and was worshipped as a daimon. Why do you think this occurred, and why might the Greeks pray to her? Remember, Medea was decidedly a non-Greek; that is, a barbarian. What does this say about her worship?

4) Apollonios writes that Medea was to be married to Achilles in the Underworld after her death. How does this inform your interpretation of her character and her marriage to Jason?

I hope these questions lead to wonderful discussions, and I look forward to seeing your responses!


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Date:2005-12-26 11:29

Essentially, I am looking for someone to beta-read a "Harry Potter" fanfic I'm writing. The main character, an OFC, is named Medea. I had been trying to find a way to work a woman named Medea into the HP universe for a while, but this time she's really coming to life. What I'm looking for is someone to make sure the spirit of the original Medea is sufficiently coming through in this character, because that's what I want. Overall familiarity with pre-Christian Greek folk religion (I hate calling it 'mythology') is also good. Right now I'm writing her as a 13 year old and she's already busted up some chumps and told her parents to rot in Tartarus. If you're interested, I can send you what I've already got as well as the story arch for her since I'm not writing the chapters in order. Here's an overview of the plot so you don't have to make a decision blindly:

Medea Jones is the younger cousin of Hestia Jones (HP canon character). During Medea's first year she meets and becomes friends with Barty Crouch Jr. Eventually their friendship matures into love. Medea's parents are Death Eaters and she is expected to become one as well. As Voldemort tries to lure her into his group, Barty Jr. becomes fascinated with the dark powers displayed by the Death Eaters and the approval and attention given to him by Voldemort. Barty and Medea are initiated into the Death Eaters, although Medea never takes her vow to heart. She loves only Barty and tries to temper his growing obsession with Voldemort. Events from the HP books are woven in and after Barty's first incarceration, Medea flees to travel the world and gain knowledge, hoping to become the premier alchemist in the wizarding world. When Medea learns that Barty had escaped and returned to Voldemort, only to be recaptured and given the Dementor's kiss, she plans a horrible revenge on the dark wizard she blames for separating her from her beloved as well as an unprecidented scheme to restore Barty.

Other Medea-centric ideas I'm planning to incorporate include the loss of two sons (one stolen, one miscarried) and a divine rescue via flaming chariot. Opinions and ideas welcome.

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Date:2005-12-22 18:21
Subject:On Medea (well, duh)
Mood: indescribable

You know, as much as I love Medea in any story, and as wonderful as Apollonius' Medea is... I almost forgot how truly heart-wrenching she is in Euripides. It's just been a while, and... I mean, wow.

You just have to love her, because... so few people can love with her great capacity. And when such a great love is betrayed and disillusioned, you have to respect the strength of her character for being able to take what she has left and do the best with it and still come out on top after all that. She doesn't roll over and die; she chooses to prove herself and to show that Wretched Unmentionable Cur exactly what he's been so damn blind about.

And I mean, she's beautiful in Apollonius, but Euripides... damn. He illustrates the moment so... perfectly. Of course, part of the reason Euripides is so much more heart-wrenching is because he chose the more heart-wrenching moment. Apollonius also does an incredible job of illustrating real emotions and motivations and ambiguity.

And I need to get back to my paper, but... I just needed to say that. Because, sadly, it's not the focus of my paper. Pheu!


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Date:2005-11-11 17:52
Subject:Medea Performance
Mood: nostalgic

How exciting! A Medea fan community on LJ - it's wonderful to join.

My story with Medea goes back to 2001, my last year of High School. I'm an actor and I wanted to put on a new show because I was frustrated with the giddy, meaningless musical theatre productions my school always does. Jokingly, my English teacher suggested I put on 'Medea' by Euripides. He didn't expect me to, but I took him seriously and read the play over the holidays.

When I returned to school, I told him I was going to do it. He was surprised but supportive and promised to be my Production Manager. I decided to Produce, Direct and play Medea.

I gathered up a loyal posse. One of my best friends who is also my favourite person to peform with played Jason. We have incredible chemistry and it was amazing on stage with him. Throughout the rehearsal process, we hated one another, because he was so convinced that Medea had done Jason wrong and I was convinced Jason was a bastard who deserved every inch of his punishment.

I had four other actors: one for the Nurse, another who doubled for Aegeus and the Tutor, another for Creon and one other who represented the whole Chorus. The actor who played Jason also played the Messenger.

The show was very successful. We performed wearing completely white clothing in a 3x3meter space marked out by lit candles. The audience was on all sides of us. There was no backstage, so when we weren't on stage one sat to the side, up ramps.

When the audience entered the theatre we were already in place, performing as a group 4 stylized positions. We had an 8 scene tablau at the beginning to tell the story so far before going straight into it.

My school had been, for the most part, supportive. However, I had to study Medea for my end of school exams, but I liked that, so it was OK.

I can't wait to do it again, perhaps in an outside venue this time.

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