Negative Attributes of Old Society Essay

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Negative Attributes of Old Societies Starting out, you have to compare the negatives of the Polis from Medea to the negatives of the “romanitas” from Ovid. There were many negatives that we saw and read about in the book of Medea. The main negative was the state power. Of the state power there was the Bureaucrats, Politicians and the Lawyers. These three groups of people had the entire control over what would happen in their society. Even though Medea was a very loyal woman to her husband Jason, she resented the state power and in turn Jason gave her up. Jason was very loyal to the state power of the elites. Both of them were very loyal, but loyal for two different causes. Here is a quote from Jason explaining why he came to …show more content…
Negative Attributes of Old Societies Starting out, you have to compare the negatives of the Polis from Medea to the negatives of the “romanitas” from Ovid. There were many negatives that we saw and read about in the book of Medea. The main negative was the state power. Of the state power there was the Bureaucrats, Politicians and the Lawyers. These three groups of people had the entire control over what would happen in their society. Even though Medea was a very loyal woman to her husband Jason, she resented the state power and in turn Jason gave her up. Jason was very loyal to the state power of the elites. Both of them were very loyal, but loyal for two different causes. Here is a quote from Jason explaining why he came to Corinth,
“When I came here from Iolcus as a stateless exile, dogged and thwarted by misfortunes -- why, what luckier chance could I have met, than marriage with the King’s daughter? It was not, as you resentfully assume, that I found your attractions wearisome, and was smitten with desire for a new wife…”(pg 33).
He is explaining that the only true reason why he came to Corinth was to potentially marry the King’s daughter and rise to fame. The Polis revolved around this state power, and Medea was a great example of that. On the other hand, romanitas had many negative examples of Roman society. Romanitas is defined as “Roman-ness” or in other words, their state identity in Rome. The Roman society was based on the piusness of their
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