I have been reading several translations of Euripides’ play The Bacchae (or The Bacchantes) because I am fascinated by its connections with shamanism. Recently I have become interested in another one of his plays, Medea. Medea is known in most stories as a sorceress and is often depicted as a priestess of the goddess Hecate.

I thought I had all the Greek plays that are available on DVD but apparently there was a movie made of Medea by Pier Pasolini starring Maria Callas. The Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama series from Cambridge University Press is probably a good text edition since it will be fully annotated with lots of notes. I liked that about their edition of The Bacchae. By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr is based on Medea and I really like her play because it combines tragedy with the supernatural and Greek tragedy.

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