Medea: The First Pro-Women Text or Euripides’ Misogyny?

Medea, the famous 19th century painting by Frederick Sandys. Photo: Public domain

“A woman is full of fear, defenseless, dreads the sight of cold steel; but, when once she is wronged in the matter of love, no other soul can hold so many thoughts of blood.” Did Euripides write misogynist plays or the first feministic ones, two thousand years before the Women’s Day was established?

Verses like the above gave the ground to Aristophanes, the Greek comedy poet, to call Euripides misogynist, women hater. At a time when women were imprisoned at home …

To Read this Article Login or Subscribe

Login Subscribe