This teaching guide for Medea includes:
Background of Euripides Medea2.
Table of Contents for Euripides Medea3.
Discussion questions for each section of Euripides Medea4.
Supplementary exercises Background of Euripides MedeaParts of the Greek TheaterSkene
: located directly in back of the stage, and decorated as a palace, temple, or other building, depending on the needs of the play. It had at least one set of doors, and actors could make entrances and exits through them. There was also access to the roof of the skene from behind, so that actors playing gods and other characters could appear on the roof, if needed.Orchestra
: a circular space where the chorus would dance, sing, and interact with actors on stage near the skene.Theatron
: part of hillside overlooking the orchestra, which is where spectators sat.Parodos
: the paths by which the chorus and some actors (such as those representing messengers or people returning from abroad) made their entrances and exits. The audience also used them to enter and exit the theater before and after the performance.
Greek Theater Festival
Euripides presented Medea
along with Philoctetes
, and the satyr play, Theristai
, as his offerings in the playwright competition at the Dionysian F