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Medea’s Chaos and Order
Dr Rosie Wyles, King’s College, London

  • Wednesday 18 June 2014, 6.15PM to 7.05pm
  • Free admission
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  • Room K/133, King's Manor, Exhibition Square (map)

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Welcome to the world of Euripides' Medea, the ancient Greek tragedy which pushes the limits of chaos and order to create a play of extraordinary dramatic tension and terrifying beauty. Meet Medea, the heroine at the centre of this play's universe, a mother and wife but also the remorseless force behind the chaos and order defining the dramatic action. Tragedy in general reveals the centrality of chaos and order in ancient Greek thought but it is in the Medea above all that Euripides exploits the dramatic potential of these conflicting forces to shocking effect. Come take a look at how he does this...

About the speaker:

Rosie Wyles is a lecturer in Greek literature at King's college, London. She first got excited about ancient literature from a teenage encounter with Greek tragedy and have been a passionate Classicist ever since. She studied at Oxford, Durham and London and has held posts in Oxford, Ireland, and Nottingham. Her book Costume in Greek Tragedy came out with Bloomsbury in 2011. She is currently researching Madame Dacier, an extraordinary 17th-century female translator of the Classics.

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