Medea come Anti-Atena nel contesto della Guerra del Peloponneso

The myth, like war, is a continuation of politics by other means. Athenian thinkers, including Euripides, saw Medea as the representative of both Corinthian Dorians and the womb’s power threatening Athena, as the representative of Athenian (asexual) autochtonous ideal. The liminal and chthonic characteristics of Corinthian Medea were used to turn her into a witch and an Erynis. Similarly to Thucydides, Euripides shows the conflict between moderation (Athens) and excess (Corinth), rationality (Athens) and passion / thumos (Corinth). Medea, whose metis is Corinth’s main identity trait, was opposed as unfair to Athena’s politically correct metis, not only by the tragedians, but also by pottery artists in the years of the Peloponnesian War. Yet, Medea was protected by Themis and Zeus, and Athens’ future was insecure at best.