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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Brady Roth Taking Center Stage - The Real Tragedy of Medea by Euripides

Our young star and the grandson of AmpliVox CEO Don Roth, Brady Roth, has taken center stage to perform in the play Medea by Euripides, a greek tragedy of domestic bliss shattered by betrayal.

Medea is famous for aiding Jason in his search for the Golden Fleece by using her magic to save his life out of love.

Once he finished his quest, she abandons her native home and flees westwards with Jason, where they eventually settled in Corinth and married.

A revenge tragedy in the purest sense of the term, Euripides' 5th century BC Medea depicts the ending of said union with Jason, when after ten years of marriage, Jason abandons her to wed another princess, king Creon's daughter Creusa.

Already by the play's opening, Jason has turned his eyes to another woman, the Corinthian princess Glauke, and they would soon join in marriage.

Jason therefore had broken his earlier marriage vow to Medea, and as a Greek woman, she was now betrayed and dishonoured.
In her lust for revenge, Medea's anger follows an extreme code of honour to brutal extremes. Ingeniously, she decides not to kill Jason, but rather to keep him alive to suffer, destroying everyone around him that he now called family.

The first step of this revenge-plot involved Medea's specialty, poison. She had her children innocently bring gifts to the princess of Corinth, a robe and a tiara, which were secretly doused in corrosive poison. The princess, putting on the gifts, would subsquently die a slow and painful death, her head bursting into flames, and her father Creon would also die tragically, embracing her poisoned corpse.

The next step in Medea's revenge-plot in Euripides is more controversial, presenting Medea as the murderer of her very own children. Euripides was the first poet to present Medea's story in this way, another earlier tradition had only viewed Medea's killing as an accident.
Armed with a sword, Medea killed her very own sons, in order to hurt Jason, destroying his plans to live with a family.

Not long afterwards, the play would end with Medea's escape from Corinth, taking a chariot given to her by Helios, indicating that she has the Gods on her side.

Medea would live for another day.