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Looking at Medea: Essays and a translation of Euripides’ tragedy [Kindle Edition]

David Stuttard

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Euripides' Medea is one of the most often read, studied and performed of all Greek tragedies. A searingly cruel story of a woman's brutal revenge on a husband who has rejected her for a younger and richer bride, it is unusual among Greek dramas for its acute portrayal of female psychology. Medea can appear at once timeless and strikingly modern. Yet, the play is very much a product of the political and social world of fifth century Athens and an understanding of its original context, as well as a consideration of the responses of later ages, is crucial to appreciating this work and its legacy. This collection of essays by leading academics addresses these issues, exploring key themes such as revenge, character, mythology, the end of the play, the chorus and Medea's role as a witch. Other essays look at the play's context, religious connotations, stagecraft and reception. The essays are accompanied by David Stuttard's English translation of the play, which is performer-friendly, accessible yet accurate and closely faithful to the original.

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A wonderfully accessible guide to a dazzling play. David Stuttard's introduction and translation, along with critical essays by twelve different scholars, offer richly varied ways of looking at Medea. - Pat Easterling, Regius Professor Emeritus of Greek, University of Cambridge --Pat Easterling, Regius Professor Emeritus of Greek, University of Cambridge

About the Author

David Stuttard is founder of the theatre company, Actors of Dionysus, translator of numerous Greek plays, and author of titles including Parthenon, Power and Politics on the Acropolis (2013), Looking at Lysistrata (Bloomsbury, 2010) and The Romans Who Shaped Britain (2012).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JPAS87S
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David Stuttard is a freelance writer, lecturer, classicist and dramatist. He took an MA in Classics from St. Andrews University, where he became the first person twice to win the HJ Rose Memorial Prize for essay writing, and where he remained to work on a PhD on Plutarch's Symposiaka. He subsequently taught Classics for eleven years in Edinburgh, St. Andrews and York.

In 1993, David founded the theatre company, Actors of Dionysus (aod), to perform productions of Greek drama throughout the UK and beyond, and for which he directed his own translations and adaptations of Greek tragedies, remaining with the company as Joint Artistic Director until 2004. In addition to stage shows, David produced the Penguin Audiobook of Medea and a video entitled The Face of Tragedy, while his own play Blow Your Mind, Aristophanes! premiered at London's Mermaid Theatre in association with the British Film Institute and Channel 4. In 2003 and 2004, David produced Trojan Women and other plays for performance in ancient theatres in Turkey, Albania and Croatia, including at Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Aspendus, Butrint and Split. His work has been heard on BBC Radio 3 and 4, his translation of Aeschylus' Agamemnon was adopted as an Open University set text and his scripts have been performed throughout the world. His Trojan Trilogy, a reconstruction of Euripides' lost production of 415 BC, was premiered at The British Museum in 2007.

Since 2012, David has been Strategic Advisor for aod. In May that year, he devised a special event, featuring readings of his work at London's Reform Club, performed by Jane Asher, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Conti and Fenella Fielding. This led to his spearheading (with Lianna Valenti) the new 'aodEvents' programme, which has already seen readings of David's reconstruction of Euripides' Alexandros and Palamedes at Europe House, London as well as a performance of his special piece 'Savage Beauty' at London's St James Theatre. In 2013, David directed his Medea for an outdoor performance in London; in 2014 he directed his Trojan Women at the same location. Also in 2014 'The Sweetness of Honey', a CD produced by David of Sappho's poetry, was released, including readings by Fenella Fielding and songs by Emma Hetherington.

David is also a prolific author of books on classical history and literature. His AD 410, The Year That Shook Rome, co-authored with Sam Moorhead, was published by The British Museum Press in March 2010. In August that year, his adaptation of Aristophanes Lysistrata, together with essays by eight academic experts on the play, was published by Duckworth. In 2012, three new books were published: Power Games (about the Greek Olympics of 416 BC) by The British Museum; The Romans Who Shaped Britain, written with Sam Moorhead, by Thames and Hudson and 31BC: Anthony, Cleopatra and The Fall of Egypt, also written with Sam Moorhead (British Museum Press). David's Parthenon, Power and Politics on the Acropolis was published by the British Museum Press, in 2013 and Looking at Medea (Bloomsbury Press) in 2014. A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives (Thames & Hudson) is due out later in 2014. David is now working on a book on Greek mythology for Thames and Hudson and Looking at Bacchae for Bloomsbury.

David is active in the field of classics. He has served on the Council of the Roman Society and regularly chairs programmes of lectures on Greek tragedy. He himself speaks at a wide range of events, including literary festivals such as Oxford, Cheltenham and the Heffers Classics Festival and at forum discussions, where he has appeared alongside poets and dramatists such as Liz Lochhead and David Grieg. In 2013 he curated Disaster in the Loveliest of Lands as part of the programme of events connected with the British Museum's exhibition, Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and he has recently filmed an interview with Bettany Hughes on Greek women. He leads study tours to Italy, Greece and Turkey and writes regularly for magazines such as Minerva and The British Museum Magazine.

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