Ancient Greeks had a deep suspicion of foreigners, thinking of them all as "barbarians." With Medea, Euripides seems to confront this prejudice by choosing to honor a foreigner with the role of tragic heroine and by making her the most intelligent character in the play. However, the playwright also confirms many Greek stereotypes of foreigners by making Medea wild, overly passionate, and vengeful.
Medea defies Greek conceptions of uncultured foreigners by making its heroine the most intelligent character in the play.
Medea confirms Greek notions of barbarous foreigners by depicting its heroine as violent and vengeful.