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Medea, the revengeful enchantress


Medea

Medea, the †sorceress who murdered her own children

Medea was the beautiful daughter of AeŽtes, King of Colchis.
While in Colchis, she fell in love with Greek hero Jason and helped him get the Golden Fleece. After that, she went into exile with him and their two children in Corinth, cutting all ties with her family and her homeland.

While in Corinth, the king of Corinth Creon approached Jason and offered him his daughter Glauce for marriage. As soon as Jason agreed, Creon asked Medea to leave Corinth.

Medea felt humiliated and betrayed. Fueled by a burning desire for revenge, she decided to send beautiful wedding gifts to the future bride, which she had dipped in a magical, deadly poison. Once Glauce touched the poisoned gifts she died, along with her father Creon.
Medea subsequently killed her own children and buried them in the temple of goddess Hera with celebrations and sacrifices. Afterwards, she departed to Athens on a winged chariot driven by dragons which was sent by her grandfather Helios.


Origin of the name

The name "Medea" is believed to derive from the verb "medomai", which means "to contrive"

Sources

"Medea", a tragedy by ancient Greek playwright Euripides


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