Shakespeare's Myths

2 Henry VI (c.1590), V.iii.57-59:

Young Clifford: Meet I an infant of the house of York,

Into as many gobbets will I cut it

As wild Medea young Absyrtus did. (V.iii.57-59)


The Merchant of Venice (c.1596-1598, 1598), V.i.12-14: 

Jessica: In such a night

Medea gatherèd the enchanted herbs

That did renew old Aeson.


The Tempest (c.1610-1611, 1611), V.i.41-50:

Prospero: … I have bedimmed

The noontide sun, called forth the mutinous winds,

And ’twixt the green sea and the azured vault

Set roaring war—to the dread rattling thunder

Have I given fire and rifted Jove’s stout oak

With his own bolt; the strong-based promontory

Have I made shake, and by the spurs plucked up

The pine and cedar; graves at my command

Have waked their sleepers, oped, and let ’em forth

By my so potent art.

[Adaptation of Arthur Golding’s translation of Metamorphoses, VII, which also makes use of Ovid’s Latin].





How to cite

Katherine Heavey. “Medea.”  2014.  In A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Classical Mythology 

(2009-), ed. Yves Peyré.

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