Medea VIII / ExpositionAnna Maria Hong
The Romans were so good at Empire that we forget the Greek contribution to the enterprise. In the majority of Greek myths, the hero represents a great civilizing influence, as he frees the land of monsters. In the majority of these myths, the hero is male, excessively strong, and of course Greek. Except one: she who was neither Greek nor male. She was alien, an infiltrator of both city-state and story. She usurped the hero’s position through dint of skill and will. It was love that impelled the start of her odyssey, and loss of love that sent her wider to those realms abetting her ability.
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