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Pietro Pucci

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700613

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.001.0001

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Some Connotations of Sophia

Some Connotations of Sophia

Chapter:
(p.20) 4. Some Connotations of Sophia
Source:
Euripides’s Revolution under Cover
Author(s):

Pietro Pucci

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.003.0004

This chapter discusses some connotations of sophia, with particular emphasis on the circuitousness of the theatrical gestures and the complexity of tones that it manipulates. It begins by focusing on the debate between Jason and Medea over the wisdom of the former's new marriage. Medea declares that her attack on Jason will bring her some solace. She does not care any longer about Jason's prosperity: she—actually her thumos—has already decided to destroy Jason. Medea's rhetorical skill and pleasure appear as an anticipation of her full victory. This chapter considers Medea's revenge as a case of a phenomenon that has great dramatic and cultural importance in Euripides's poetics. It shows how, through the poetry of Euripides's Chorus, poetry recognizes the unfairness of poetry toward women.

Keywords:   sophia, Medea, marriage, rhetoric, revenge, Euripides, poetry, women, Jason

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