Just some random notes and observations on Medea by Euripides.
There are constant calls and references to sky, earth and sun; Zeus Gaea and Helios. One I suppose those are the deities one calls as witnesses when making an oath and the play centers on Jason not conforming to the oaths he made to Medea. Plus Helios is her grand-father so maybe that another reason for the references.
1377; " I'll take them to Hera's sacred lands in Acraia, so no enemy may dig up their graves and initiate a solemn celebration, with mystic rites, future atonement for this wicked murder. " Pausanias at II.3.7 says the rites actually occurred. All this reminds me of
Archemoros and the Seven against Thebes. I wonder if the rites were similar. Though I seem to recall their were games in Archemoros' honor.
Two of the three translations speak of Medea's relationship to the Goddess Hecate is in the following terms. "Hecate who dwells in the recesses of my heart " 397 (who lives with me deep inside my home, 396 ). What does this mean? You don't hear lines like this in Greek myth often.
“Well, I was passing by those benches where the old men gamble by Peirene, at the holy spring,”. A rare discussion of gambling
"Medea woman, I see I'm making a mistake, for you can have your extra day. But let me warn you—if the sun catches you tomorrow within the borders of this country, you or your children, you'll be put to death " (350 ) So I would assume I had another day, that would mean I have the entire following day, but my civilization has a concept of zero
Creon of Corinth's daughter dies in what sounds like wedding dress. Many presentations "Antigone" have Creon of Thebes' niece dying in a wedding dress.
"so the story goes, the Muses, nine maidens of Pieria, gave birth to golden-haired Hermione." 831. What?! Does this mean the Muses create divine harmony or were they actually the mother of Harmonia? I recall the nine gigantic mothers of the Norse-God Heimdall, Lord of the rainbow-bridge to Asgard
The dress and tiara sent to Princess Glauce are "by far the finest human gifts I know " (1112 ) "these gifts, (1120 ) which my grandfather Helios once gave to his descendants. ". Surely made by Helios' good buddy Hephaestus hence divine and ambrosial but made deadly by Medea's poison. I wonder if they survived the fire.(Seneca version)
"Great Themis, and husband of Themis," Coleridge is referring to Zeus
"I can show those hostile to you I've a good excuse. And it makes your position safer. Tell me the gods that I should swear by."( 740-4). Interesting use of a rash oath by the oath taker
"Anyone forbidden to attend my sacrifice, let such a man concern himself about these children." (1054-5). What does this mean?