Greek - A sorceress. A priestess of Hecate. Daughter of Aetes, king of Colchis, and Idyia or Hecate. Half-sister of Apsyrtus. Mother of Medus by Aegeus or Jason. Mother of Mermerus and Pheres. By Jason. She fell in love with Jason when he arrived in Colchis to get the Golden Fleece and lulled the guardian dragon to sleep while Jason took the fleece from the tree where it had been hung, fleeing with him in the Argo. In one version, she took her halfbrother Apsyrtus aboard with her and, when they were chased by the Colchian fleet, killed him and threw pieces overboard to delay the pursuers as Aetees stopped to collect the pieces for burial. Another version has Apsyrtus with the pursuers, catching up with Jason and agreeing a truce while the king of the Brygians adjudicated on the fate of both Medea and the fleece. She lured Apsyrtus ashore where Jason ambushed and killed him. She married Jason after they had been purified of the murder by Circe. On the voyage back to Iolcus they were attacked by Talos, the bronze guardian of Crete but Medea first drugged him and then removed the pin in his ankle which allowed the vital fluid to drain from his single vein, so killing him. In another version, she prayed to Hades who caused Talos to graze his ankle against a rock, so letting all his blood run out. At Iolcus, Pelias had brought about the death of Jason's parents and his young brother and Medea helped him to exact vengeance. She bewitched Pelias' daughters, Evadne and Amphinome, and induced them to kill and dismember their father and then signalled to the waiting Argonauts who captured the city unopposed. In some stories, she rejuvenated Jason's father, Aeson, who had not died but had been imprisoned by Pelias. Medea's father, Aetes, was also king of Corinth and when she arrived there with Jason and found the throne vacant she claimed it for herself, ruling with Jason as her king for ten years, bearing seven sons and seven daughters. She had, in fact, poisoned the previous king, Corinthus, and when Jason found this out he set out to divorce her with a view to marrying Glauce, the daughter of King Creon of Thebes. Others say that they lived happily in Corinth as ordinary citizens with two sons and that it was the daughter of the king of Corinth that Jason planned to marry. As a weddinggift, Medea sent her a crown and a robe which burst into flames when the bride put them on, killing her, her father and many of the guests. Jason was lucky to escape with his life. Zeus was greatly intrigued by her resourcefulness and fell in love with her but she rejected his advances. Hera who was always jealous of her husband's lovers was so grateful that she offered to make Medea's children immortal if she would offer them in sacrifice. Medea promptly complied and, handing the kingdom over to Sisyphus, fled to Thebes to seek protection from Heracles. Having cured Heracles of his madness, she went on to Athens and became the third wife of King Aegeus whom she had met earlier, promising to procure a son for him. She herself produced a son called Medus. Augeus had left an illegitimate son, Theseus, with his mother, Aethra, in Troezen and when Theseus arrived at the court to claim his inheritance, Medea tried to poison him. Banished by Aegeus, she fled to Italy, later marrying an Asian king. When Perses usurped the throne of Colchis, she returned there with Medus who killed Perses and reinstated Aetes as king. Some say that Medea herself killed Perses. Medea is said finally to have become immortal and to have ruled in the Elysian Fields. In some versions, it was Medea, not Helen, who married Achilles in Hades. In some references, called Medea, Medeia, Medeia or Medea.
Greek - A play by Euripides. Also commonly known as Medea, Medeia, Medeia or Medea.
Roman - A book by Ovid. Sometimes identified as Medea, Medeia, Medeia or Medea.

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