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The term Barbarian is Greek in origin The Greeks originally levied it at any races who were not of a Greek origin especially those who threatened Greek civilization and culture Because most of these strangers regularly assaulted Greek cities the term barbarian gradually evolved into a rude term a person who was a sub-human uncivilized and regularly practiced the most vile and inhuman acts imaginable It is obvious that a barbarian has not been considered as a member of society as well as a woman in Ancient Greece In many Greek tragedies that we have read women either play a secondary role or absent at all That is why it is so unusual to read a tragedy where woman is a main character and not only that a woman is a foreigner a barbarian Euripides however was the first one who created the play where he opposed a barbarian to someone civilized he has his Medea confront Jason The civilized Jason is more barbaric in his emotional callousness than the barbarian Medea but by the end of the play she exacts a barbaric penalty The Nurse calls Medea a strange woman She is anything but typical Euripides admits from the outset that this is a bizarre tale of an exceptional human being Lest she may sharpen a sword an thrust to the heart Stealing into the palace where the bed is made Or even kill the king and the new-wedded groom And thus bring a greater misfortune on herself Two great pains tear Medea the betrayal of Jason and her betrayal of her country and family The two are interwoven and double her sorrow Guilt loneliness rejection love all war within her
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