An oil painting of Medea and her dead children fleeing in a chariot.
Title: Medea, with her dead children, flees from Corinth in a chariot drawn by dragons. Museo del Prado. By Germán Hernández Amores (1823–1894). Description: Medea, who, jealous of her husband Jason's second marriage to Glauce, decides to kill her rival and her own children to take revenge on Jason, and flees with their corpses in Helios's chariot to the sacred forest of Hera in Athens.

Medea

A quick introduction to Jason’s wife

Medea joined the Argo after the Fleece was recovered. Though not always regarded as an official crew member, Medea is arguably the hero of the story.

The tragic love story of Medea and Jason is one of the most famous Greek myths, and it has been told and retold in many different versions throughout the centuries. Including our stories here: Jason and the Argonauts and The Metamorphoses, Book VII. Although, not an official crewmember of the Argonauts (she would board the boat near the end of the journey), Medea is a main character in the story of the Argonauts.

In the most common version of the myth, Medea was the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis and the Caucasian nymph Asterodeia, a skilled sorceress. She fell in love with Jason, the hero of the Argonauts, and used her magic to help him overcome the many obstacles that stood in his way, including the fire-breathing bulls and the serpent that guarded the Golden Fleece.

After their successful quest, Medea and Jason were married and had children together. However, Jason eventually betrayed Medea by marrying another woman. In revenge, Medea killed the new bride and her own children, wanting to cause Jason great suffering.

Medea was forced to flee from her home and seek refuge in a foreign land. She lived out the rest of her days as a bitter and vengeful woman, forever haunted by the deeds she had done in the name of love.

The myth of Medea and Jason has been interpreted in many different ways over the years. Some see it as a tragic tale of love and betrayal, while others view it as a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked passion and the destructive power of revenge.

Scott Stoll

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