Γυνὴ γὰρ τἄλλα μὲν φόβου πλέα
κακή τ᾽ ἐς ἀλκὴν καὶ σίδηρον εἰσορᾶν:
ὅταν δ᾽ ἐς εὐνὴν ἠδικημένη κυρῇ,
οὐκ ἔστιν ἄλλη φρὴν μιαιφονωτέρα.

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In all other things a woman is full of fear, cowardly at the sight of a battle or a sword; but when she is injured in love, no mind is more murderous than hers.

—  Euripides, Medea

Iphigeneia is dragged to the altar by two soldiers as a sacrificial offering to Artemis. One either side stand her father, King Agamemnon, and grieving mother Klytaimnestra. In the heavens Artemis summons one of her Nymphs to bring a stag to substitute for the girl.

Fresco, ca 1st AD, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples, Italy.

I strike him twice and with two cries
his limbs slackened; I deliver a third blow to him
as he falls, a fitful prayer to chthonic Zeus, savior of the dead.
Sinking thus he spills out his soul, and
pouring out a swift pulse of blood, he hits me
with a black drop of murderous dew
as I rejoice in nothing less than the glory
of God in springtime at the bursting of the buds.
—  Agamemnon by Aeschylus (ln. 1384-1392)

I should be writing my essays for school ;s (Both have to be at least 1250 words..)

Topics:
- Medea and Klytaemnestra: Feminists avant la lettre or ordinary murderesses? 
         
 An essay on Medea and Klytaimnestra as murderesses.


- Worldview: congenital, gained or dictated?
                  The ideological policy of Berlusconi, Kim Jong-un and Poetin,                        on the basis of Plato’s allegory of the cave.

Anyone who has idea’s for either one or both the essays? A little help is always a good thing ^^

Also suitable/relevant Latin or Greek quotes are always welcome!! :D

Please leave them in my ask, or add them by reblogging ^^

Orestes seated upon the omphalos at Delphoi with sword drawn, is purified by the god Apollon who holds a laurel branch in his hand. The ghost of Klytaimnestra and her attendant Erinys (vengeance demon) are appeased.

Lucanian Red Figure, ca 350 - 340 BC, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

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