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Euripides' Medea
Translation and Theatrical Commentary

ISBN 9781032105437
Published February 14, 2022 by Routledge
98 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a new, accurate and actable translation of one of Euripides’ most popular plays, together with a commentary which provides insight into the challenges it sets for production and suggestions for how to solve them.

The introduction discusses the social and cultural context of the play and its likely impact on the original audience, the way in which it was originally performed, the challenges which the lead roles present today and Medea’s implications for the modern audience. The text of the translation is followed by the 'Theatrical Commentary' section on the issues involved in staging each scene and chorus today, embodying insights gained from a professional production. Notes on the translation, a glossary of names, suggestions for further reading and a chronology of Euripides’ life and times round out the volume.

The book is intended for use by theatre practitioners who wish to stage or workshop Medea and by students both of drama, theatre and performance and of classical studies.

Table of Contents

List of figures




  1. Medea and Greek values
  2. Medea
  3. Jason
  4. Translation
  5. The original conditions of the performance
  6. Medea today


  • The backstory
  • Characters
  • Translation
  • The Aftermath

Translation Notes

Theatrical Commentary

Cast and Production Team

Glossary of Names



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Michael Ewans is Conjoint Professor of Drama in the School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His 11 books include two volumes each of translations of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Aristophanes, all with theatrical commentaries.


'Michael Ewans has produced ... an elegant, thoughtful, careful, and moving text of Euripides' Medea ... [and] a splendid analysis of the play that will make it much, much easier for those who wish to create a production of this important and challenging play ... Ewans discusses the various challenges and how these challenges can be dealt with by contemporary practitioners ... Ewans' excellent work deserves to be read, considered, and brought to life in theaters everywhere.'

Mary-Kay Gamel, University of California Santa Cruz, USA