by Alessandro Avanzini
Among the many stories that illustrate the life of women, without a doubt the myth of Medea continues to capture the attention of many authors, writers, composers and film directors. Medea. A woman, a lover, a mother, a barbarian, a foreigner, a sorceress and a priestess who is guilty of crimes committed in the name of her unconditional love for the man who will then betray her, Jason the anti-hero. We must remember that Medea is not a Greek woman and is therefore not a citizen. She is the last among the last and a foreigner in the city of Corinth that perceives her as a threat. A Mother, whose children born out of an un-consecrated marriage, are considered bastards. Jason reduces her to the role of concubine and once deprived of her maternal right, Medea will react to such violence through revenge and by sacrificing her children. A sacrifice that represents the only tragic possibility for Medea to regain possession of her nature and identity. Thus, the culture of Western Greece will never meet the "barbarian" one of from Colchis that sits on the edge of the civilized world.