Medea loves Jason from the moment she sets eyes on
him; Jason, who believes that Medea is a powerful witch, is eager for her aid
in securing the Golden Fleece. He swears to marry Medea and cherish her. Medea
will do anything for her husband, even engineering a murder. But he later
dismisses his sacred oath to her and divorces her.
This engrossing retelling of Medea’s story is
filled with powerful ideas the author strongly depicts the life of a
well-educated woman in a society that placed females on a level approximating
that of slaves. Medea’s changes in fortune are viewed not as an isolated
incident, but rather as a part of the demise of matriarchal rule and the
victory of male-dominated religions over the worship of the Great Mother
Goddess. And Medea’s blind love for Jason is as believable as it is tragic.
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