Trial and Terror: Medea Prima Facie


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

In the third act of Seneca's Medea, Jason, in a spasm of guilt occasioned by his decision to divorce Medea and marry Creon's daughter, cries out to his spurned wife, "Quid facere possim, loquere" ("What can I do? Tell me"). "Pro me?" she responds, "vel scelus" ("For me? Crime"). But Jason, both fearful of the law and hungry for the power that it will confer on him, is paralyzed by such a challenge, "Hinc rex et illinic-" ("A king on this side and on that-").1

Comparative Drama is carried by JSTOR and Project MUSE.