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Janice Friesen
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Greek Myths
By Janice Friesen    July 10, 2007 -- 11:04 AM

First of all, I am sorry that the pictures I am putting into the Blog today do not have as much to do with the content.  The Internet connection at the archaeological house where I am staying has been shut down.  I am putting up the blog from the Internet café in the picture.  At the archaeological house the Internet was free and wireless.  It was great.  Here it costs three euros an hour.  Here is where you can find out how much a Euro is in Dollars.


Now to our regularly programmed blog content:


The Greeks are well known as storytellers.  In fact many of the stories that were told in ancient times are still being retold in more modern ways all of the time. Today I want to start to prepare you for a trip I am going to take next weekend.  We have tickets to see an Opera called Medea performed in an ancient theater in Epidaurus on Saturday. 


Here is the sad story of Medea (a tragedy):


It is a long story, so I will pick it up where the opera does.  She is married to Jason, who is an adventurer. Has anyone reading heard of Jason?  Anyway, she also has children.  The opera opens with her extremely upset, crying and yelling because her husband, Jason has decided to marry a second wife.  In those days poligamy (marrying more than one wife) was legal.  Marriage was one way to improve your lot in life.  Jason had a chance to marry the Kings daughter, which would help his standing and make him rich.  (of course, she was also younger than Medea also).


Medea has an unpredictable temper and since she is so upset her Nurse warns us that she is liable to kill someone in the mood that she is in.  Just about that time news comes to Medea that she is being thrown out of the country with her children. She had already run away from her own parents so she cannot go to them, So she has to figure out some way to get revenge and to save herself. 


First she meets the King of Athens who says that he will take her in since she has no place to go.  Then she decides to create a poisoned crown and royal robes as a gift for the princess.  When she puts them on she will die.  Then she decides that to get revenge on her husband she will kill the children.  As it turns out she kills the princess, the King of Corinth and her own chldren and then she runs to her safe place.  As in life, this is not the end of the story, but it is a stopping point and it is where the opera ends.  It is a tragedy since I ends the way it does.


This story is very old and was told in many different ways for many years. Euripides, a play writer took the story and made it into a play.  Since then it has been made into an opera.  On Saturday I think it will be sung in Italian with Greek subtitles.  That is why I am reading the story ahead of time.

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By Sister Susie      July 11, 2007 -- 07:36 AM
The story of Jason on a fun site:

Another comment on your blog: I have to scroll down a lot before I get to the content. If I didn't already know, I would think it was empty.

I don't like that story very much. How can any mother kill her own children? Not to mention two other adults.

By Megan Golding      July 11, 2007 -- 06:18 AM
Watching an ancient play in an ancient theater sounds like a great combination.

What comes to mind when you mentioned Jason is the Jason Project (http://www.jason.org/jason_home/home_old.htm), an underwater scientific exploration project with ties to education.