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The term barbarian is Greek in origin The Greeks used it for any races that were not of a Greek origin especially those that were very different from themselves Because most of these barbarians regularly assaulted Greek cities the term gradually evolved into a rude insult a person who was a sub-human uncivilized and regularly practiced the most vile and inhuman acts imaginable It is obvious that a barbarian was not considered as a member of society as well as a woman in Ancient Greece In many Greek tragedies women either play a secondary role or are not represented at all It is unusual to read a tragedy where woman is a main character and not only that a barbarian Euripides Medea was written during the Peloponesian War War regardless of when it occurs not only destroys and kills but also causes a reflection on the values in a society Literature in ancient Greece was a main reflection of what the society thought and what values and rules it held dear such as bravery loyalty ownership of property and love for family as is shown in the Odyssey Obviously the Peloponesian War brought a much stress and chaos on the Greek society of this period so during this time Euripedes was different in his subject matter and how he portrayed his characters especially women He created a play where he opposed a barbarian to someone civilized as with Medea and Jason The civilized Jason is more barbaric in his emotional callousness than the barbarian Medea but by the end of the play she loses any sympathy the audience may have for her with her truly barbaric revenge 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 Two great pains tear Medea her betrayal of her own country and her exile and the betrayal of Jason The
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