Medea the Greek Goddess

Topics: Greek mythology, Jason, Argonauts Pages: 1 (395 words) Published: March 7, 2013
Medea is the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis and the granddaughter of the sun-god, Helios. Medea falls in love with Jason, the leader of the Argonauts, when he first arrived in Colchis to obtain the golden fleece from her father in order to claim the crown from his uncle, King Pelias of Iolcus. King Aeetes refuses to give up the golden fleece and will only do so if Jason can complete three impossible tasks that no human could finish without magic. Knowing that these tasks were impossible for Jason to do himself, Hera who was Jason’s protector, asked Aphrodite to intervene by making Medea fall in love Jason so she could help him in getting the golden fleece because she is the goddess of witchcraft and the daughter of King Aeetes. In exchange for her help, Jason promises to marry her. - Medea gives a magic charm to Jason on his quest to get the golden fleece to protect himself when he harnesses the fire-breathing bulls and has to defeat the army that was produced when he would sow the dragon’s teeth in the field. Medea tells Jason to throw stones at the army so they would turn around and fight each other. The golden fleece was guarded by a huge dragon and Medea puts the dragon to sleep with her herbs so that Jason could safely get the golden fleece and bring it back to his home of Iolcus. - Medea helps Jason become the a King Iolcus by killing her own brother who she dismembers, King Pelias of Iolcus who she tricks his daughters in killing their father in attempt to rejuvenate him (make younger) by cutting him up putting him in a boiling pot of water. In return, she gets dumped by Jason for a princess named Creusa who is the daughter of King Creon of Corinth. Medea feels betrayed and she gets revenge by sending a poisonous dress to Creusa that burns her flesh and also kills her father when he tries to take it off. To cause more pain towards Jason, Medea also kills her two sons that they had together. After all these murders and the betrayal to her country of...
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