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Sphinx (Riddle of)
Medea is the daughter of King Aeetes. She was a sorceress.The Goddess of Love hit Medea with love for Jason the first time she saw him.Medea quietly offered to help Jason with his quest.Jason had to marry Medea in return for her help.Medea enabled Jason and the Argonauts to claim the Golden Fleece from the sacred grove in which it hung.Jason took Medea and her brother, Absyrtis, with him.King Aeetes pursued them. In order to delay the pursuit, Medea killed her brother and cut his body into peices. Then she scattered the parts behind the ship. The pursuers had to stop to collect Absyrtis' dismembered body in order to give him proper burial, so Jason and Medea escaped.After they returned to Jason's home Medea continued to use her magic. She restored the youth of Jason's aged father, Aeson, by cutting his throat and filling his body with a magical potion.She then offered to do the same for Pelias the king of Iolcus who had usurped Aeson's throne. She tricked Pelias' daughters into killing him, but left the corpse without any youth-restoring potion. after the murder Jason and Medea had to flee Iolcus. They settled next in Corinth. there Medea and Jason had two kids named Mermerus and Pheres before Jason her in order to marry the daughter of Creon, the king of Corinth. Medea got revenge for Jason's desertion by killing the new bride with a poisoned robe and crownwhich burned the flesh from her body. King Creon died as well when he tried to embrace his dying daughter. Medea fled Corinth in a chariot, drown by winged dragons, which belonged to her grandfather Helios. Se took with her the bodies of her two children, whom she had murdered in order to give Jason further pain.
Medea then took refuge with Aegeus, the old king of Athens, having promised him that she would use her magic to allow him to have more children. She married Aegeus and had a son, Medus. But Aegeus had another son, Theseus. When Theseus returned to Athens, Medea tried to trick her husband into poisoning him. She was unsuccessful, and had to flee Athens, taking Medus with her. After leaving Athens, Medus became king of the country which was later called Media.
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