As part of the Festival Hellenika 2019 program, a second talk will be presented on the Greek mythological figure Medea. But this time around with an entirely different and fresh understanding of the character, delivered by Dr Areti Devetzides.

The presentation will be given in light of #MeToo, a movement that has brought about a shift in society, where attitudes towards women are being reviewed. In a similar way, Dr Devetzides will review attitudes towards Medea, one of the most famous, and, arguably, one of the most vilified female figures in history.

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Dr Devetzides has intensively studied the myth of Medea for her thesis, using the 1838 painting of Medea by Frenchman Eugene Delacroix.

In her research, Dr Devetzides came across a version of the story of Medea, which argued that she had not killed her children to revenge herself on her unfaithful husband, but rather because she wanted to save her children from a fate worse than death – a version, which the academic argues connects with Delacroix’s painting.

The talk on Medea will be given on Thursday 11 April at Thebarton Community Centre (Cnr Ashwin Parade & South Rd, Torrensville, SA) at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start. Free admission. 

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