Medea and Electra Third Episode: Medea and Aegeus Summary and Analysis

Euripides

Third Episode: Medea and Aegeus Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Aegeus: King of Athens, longtime friend of Medea

Summary
Aegeus, the King of Athens, enters on his return from the oracle of Apollo at Delphi. There he asked for blessings and advice on how to relieve his childless state. Meeting Medea, he is concerned to see her looking “pale and strained.”

Medea explains her situation to Aegeus, who is quite sympathetic. She asks for his help in providing sanctuary, in return for which she promises a cure for his problem. Aegeus agrees, on the condition that he need provide only sanctuary, not help in her escape. Medea further asks him to swear by the Earth, by her grandfather the sun god, and by all the gods that he will not...

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