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- Full Title: Medea
- When Written: Unknown, before 431 B.C.
- Where Written: Unknown, likely the island of Salamis
- Literary Period: Classical Greek Drama
- Genre: Tragic Drama
- Setting: The courtyard outside Medea's house in the Greek city-state of Corinth.
- Climax: Medea murders her two sons offstage and ascends over the stage in a flying chariot sent by her grandfather, the sun god, Helios.
- Antagonist: Medea's husband, Jason
Prolific Euripides. According to some sources Euripides produced more than 90 plays. Unfortunately only 18 of them survive into the present day.
Euripides' innovation to the already existing Greek story of Medea and Jason. In previous versions of the story, the Corinthians killed Medea's children in retaliation for her murdering their ruler, Creon. In Euripides' version, Medea kills her children herself.