Euripides’ Lamia (E.32)

Lamia was a beautiful Libyan girl seduced by Zeus
in jealousy Zeus’s wife Hera
destroyed her children

Lamia’s grief made her hideous
and she became a killer of others’ children

The Fragment…

LAMIA
Who does not know my name that men revile, Lamia, the Libyan by race?

A 17th century depiction of Lamia from Edward Topsell's The History of Four-Footed Beasts

A 17th century depiction of Lamia from Edward Topsell’s The History of Four-Footed Beasts

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  1. Athenian citizens were familiar with rhetoric in the assembly and law courts, and some scholars believe that Euripides was more interested in his characters as speakers with cases to argue than as characters with lifelike personalities.

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