Medea greek mythology

To make the ointment, Medea, clothed in black, in the gloom of night, had drawn off this juice in a Caspian shell after bathing in seven perennial streams and calling seven times on Brimo [Hekate], nurse of youth kourotrophosBrimo, night-wanderer of the underworld nyktipolis khthonieQueen of the dead anassa eneroi.

Although not the first depiction of Medea, the Argonautica by Apollonios Rhodios gives a fuller description of events that lead up to Euripides's play, mainly surrounding Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece. If we could win her over, we might banish from our minds all fear of your defeat in the ordeal [i.

To solve this inconvenience, she killed her uncle and restored the kingdom to her father.


When Jason reached Colchis, she fell in love with him, helped him acquire the Golden Fleece, and they fled together.

These plants felt the knife while Phoebus [the Sun] was making ready the day; the shoot of that was clipped at midnight; while this was severed by finger-nail with muttered charm. Unable to determine where the rock had come from, the soldiers attacked and killed each other.

He argues the feelings of Medea's initial love for Jason, the shame she feels for loving him and for going against her family, and final agreement to help Jason in his quest. During the day he had prepared himself, and so had everything he needed with him; Argos had fetched him some milk and a ewe from a farm; the rest he had taken from the ship itself.

The relationship between the Chorus and Medea is one of the most interesting in all of Greek drama. Aeetes is said to have been king in the region of Corinthand to have left the kingdom to Bunus when he departed to Colchis. But even his strong legs could not support him long; he began to sway, all power went out of him, and he came down with a resounding crash.

Jason agreed to marry Medea in return for her assistance in his quest for the Golden Fleece. The play explores many universal themes: Ben Bagley 's Shoestring Revue performed a musical parody off-Broadway in the s which was later issued on an LP and a CDand was revived in She was garlanded by fearsome snakes that coiled themselves round twigs of oak; the twinkle of a thousand torches lit the scene; and hounds of the underworld barked shrilly all around her.

Hecate first, plying a blade that Stygian springs hardened, tore forth the strong stalk from the rocks; then showed she the plant to her handmaid [Medea], who beneath the tenth shining of Phoebe's [Selene the Moon's] light reaps the harvest of the mountain-side and rages madly among all the gory relics of the god; fruitlessly doth he groan, beholding the face of the Colchian maid; then over all the mountain pain contracts his limbs, and all his fetters shake beneath her sickle [i.

To them she adds the slender scaly skins of Libyan water-snakes and then the livers of long-lived gazelles and eggs and heads of ancient crows, nine generations old. The waves have roared, the mad sea swelled, though the winds were still; the heart of the ancient woods has lost its shadows, when the bright day has come back to them at commandment of my voice; Phoebus [the Sun] has halted in mid-heaven, and the Hyades, moved by my incantations, totter to their fall.

Now too the heavens are darkened as she sings; the earth breathes vapours. She sees through the false pieties and hypocritical values of her enemies, and uses their own moral bankruptcy against them.

There she married King Aegeus and bore him a son, Medus. Jason discovers the murder of Glauce and Creon and rushes to the scene to punish Medeaonly to learn that his children too have been killed. He kindled the wood from underneath and poured mingled libations on the sacrifice, calling on Hekate Brimo to help him in the coming test.

Herodotus reports another version, in which Medea and her son Medus fled from Athens, on her flying chariot, to the Iranian plateau and lived among the Aryanswho then changed their name to the Medes.


Inohis second wife, hated the children of Nephele and persuaded Athamas to sacrifice Phrixus as the only means of alleviating a famine.

But the altar they built for the goddess on the beach is still there for men of a later age to see.

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Pelias promised to surrender his kingship to Jason if the latter would retrieve the Golden Fleece from Colchis. For these reasons Medea too departed, and handed over the kingdom to Sisyphus. I supplicate the throng of the silent, and, you, funereal gods, murky Chaos and shadowy Dis' [Haides'] dark dwelling-place, the abysses of dismal Death, gift by the banks of Tartarus.

She decides to poison some golden robes a family heirloom and gift from the sun god Helios and a coronet, in hopes that the bride will not be able to resist wearing them, and consequently be poisoned.

And seeing this Medea drew her blade and slit the old king's throat and let the blood run out and filled his veins and arteries with her elixir; and when Aeson drank, through wound and lips, at once his hair and beard, white for long years, regained their raven hue; his wizened pallor, vanquished, fled away and firm new flesh his sunken wrinkles filled, and all his limbs were sleek and proud and strong.

For now that with maddened steps she has gone out and come to her baleful shrine [to Hekate], she lavishes all her stores and brings forth whatever e'en she herself long has dreaded, and marshals her whole train of evil powers, things occult, mysterious, hidden; and, supplicating the grim altar with her left hand, she summons destructive agencies, whatever burning Libya's sands produce, what Taurus, stiff with arctic cold, holds fast in his everlasting snows, and all monstrous things.

Medea distracted her father as they fled by killing her brother Absyrtus. The woods--wonder of wonders. Medea then returns to plotting the murders of Glauce and Creon.

But since Medea as time went on opposed the purpose of her parents more and more, Aeetes, they say, suspecting his daughter of plotting against him consigned her to free custody [that is, on parole]; Medea, however, made her escape and fled for refuge to a sacred precinct of Helios the Sun on the shore of the sea.

No, not your hand; but your insult to me, and your new-wedded wife. Apparently, the whole palace was on fire, when these events took place. The citizens of Corinth stoned them to death. Our editors will review what you've submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we'll add it to the article.

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