Medea is the granddaughter of the sun god Helios and with this connection she is able to escape after killing her children and his golden chariot. This plot device is called the Deus Ex Machina meaning “god machine”, where a god or goddess descends from a machine to bring a peaceful resolution to the play. Another Greek god important to Medea’s life was the greek god Hera. Hera, “made the king’s daughter, Medea, fall in love with Jason. Medea was a sorceress, and she used her magic to help Jason defeat the dragon-tooth army” (Ollhoff 26). Without Hera, Medea would have never killed her family because of Jason. Greek gods were very important to ancient greeks, paying respect to them in their daily day to day lives. The theatre was named in honor of the greek god dionysus, who is considered as someone who likes to party (crash course Thespis, Athens, and the Origins of Greek Drama). Greek theatre started off as a celebration, so it is fitting that it be named in honor of him.
Deus Ex Machina
This article give a thorough explanation of deus ex machina and when and why it was used in greek plays. It also give modern day examples of usages of deus ex machina in film such as The Wizard of OZ.
Helios is the grandfather of Medea. This article goes into detail about his powers, his family ties, and even people who he has help on their journey like Hercules.
Dionysus was the greek god of wine, winemaking, grape cultivation, fertility, ritual madness, theater, and religious ecstasy (greekgodsandgoddesses.net). He who greek theatre is name after and who ancient greeks celebrated every year with their plays.
Oracles & Offerings
This video tell of the daily live of ancient greeks and the important role their gods and goddess played in it. Humans attributed the growth of crops, the weather, and luck to the gods (Digital Diogenes), so they would have ceremonies, offerings, and sacrifices to make sure the gods were pleased.
How Greek Mythology Inspires Us
This video explains in what ways many books and movies have been inspired by greek mythology. It also goes into detail about how some greek mythology has been twisted from its original form with makers like Disney making it nicer than it really is, even to Christians making once neutral beings like Hades into Evil ones.