What are some similarities and differences between Medea and the traditional ancient Greek women?

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Medea is a complex character in that she shares many similarities and differences with other Ancient Greek women of the time period. It should be noted that although Medea is technically set in Corinth during the mythical Heroic Age, it was written by Euripides in Classical Athens and therefore is primarily reflective of the Classical Athenian view on the role of women. And indeed, the role of women in Classical Athens was almost non-existent. Noble women were expected to live their lives largely confined to the home, were politically 'non-entities' (meaning they could not own property, file for divorce, or instigate any legal proceeding), and in some cases slept and ate separately from their male counterparts. In many ways, Medea reflects the limited role of women through...

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