The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #61: Euripides

General Introduction
– What is a triptych, anyway?
– We stand outside of time
– What’s on the blog?

Euripides the Man
– What do we know?
– Making fun of Euripides
– Misogynist
– Troubled loner
– The “happy plays”

Hippolytus
– His unfortunate story
– Other sources for the myth
– Euripides’ first version
– Those amoral gods!
– Who’s really to blame here?

The Deus Ex Machina
– Petty yet ultimately vindictive behavior
– Aphrodite as metaphor
– Being kind to Aphrodite

Hippolytus’ Suffering
– For what does he suffer?
– Plato’s criticism of Euripides
– The realistic turn
– Absence of hamartia
– Hippolytus’ modern heirs
– Immoderate celibacy
– Misogyny

Medea
– Her long, troubled fate
– Never give a witch an inch
– Is she a proto-feminist or a monster?
Medea’s original reception
– Rapidly changing characters
– Aegeus’s cameo
– How does it compare to Seneca’s version?

Euripides’ Influence
– Medea as godly woman
– Euripides and Paul’s advice
– The dark side of paganism
– Melville’s quarrel
GENERAL INTRODUCTION
Aristophanes. The Frogs and Other Plays. Trans. Shomit Dutta. New York: Penguin, 2007.

Aristotle. Trans. Joe Sachs. Newburyport, Mass.: Focus, 2005.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. New York: Norton, 2005.

Euripides. Alcestis and Other Plays. Trans. Philip Vellacott. New York: Penguin, 1974.

—. Medea and Other Plays. Trans. John Davie. New York: Penguin, 2003.

McIntyre, Alasdair. A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century. South Bend, Ind.: U of Notre Dame P, 1998.

Melville, Herman. Pierre; or, the Ambiguities. New York: Penguin, 1996.

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. New York: Penguin, 1998.

Murray, Gilbert. Euripides and His Age. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2011.

Ovid. Heroides. Trans. Harold Isbell. New York: Penguin, 1990.

Plato. Phaedrus. Trans. Alexander Nehamas and Paul Woodruff. New York: Hackett, 1995.

—. Republic. Trans. Allan Bloom. New York: Basic, 1991.

Seneca. Six Tragedies. Trans. Emily Wilson. New York: Oxford UP, 2010.

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. New York: Arden, 1997.

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