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Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives Follow-up
September 4, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
As a follow-up to the popular Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program that was held here in the Spring, GVSU Professor Diane Rayor will be offering two sessions at the Grand Rapids Public Library in September on Euripides’ Medea. In each session participants will listen an audio recording of the Heritage Theatre production and then discuss it.
The program will prepare the audience for Award-winning writer, critic and translator Daniel Mendelsohn’s presentation “Medea on the Jersey Shore: Tragedy and the Crisis of Reality in Contemporary Culture” September 20 at GVSU.
A princess in her own land, Medea sacrificed everything for Jason. She helped Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece, eloped with him, and bore him two sons. When Jason betrays her by leaving to marry the ticket to the throne—King Kreon’s only child—Medea contemplates the ultimate retribution. Euripides’ most enduring Greek tragedy is a fascinating and disturbing story of how far a woman will go to take revenge in a man’s world.