Alphonse Mucha, 1898.
I’ve been reading lots of Greek plays for my PhD comprehensive exam prep. Medea has been lurking on the periphery of my mind, I don’t know what to make of her and the more I think on her, the more of an enigma she becomes. She is a character who is wronged many times and completely betrayed by Jason and yet her actions are still almost incomprehensible.
One of my peers in our reading groups suggested that Medea’s killing of her children is an act of anti-colonial resistance. She would and could not not allow Jason to raise them as Greeks. I hadn’t considered that reading before, but it sits better with me than many others.