Thursday, September 15, 2011
Medea is an enchantress depicted as a priestess of Hecate. (That would be Greek for "witch" if you were confused.) Medea is probably most remembered for her assistance to the hero Jason (Jason and the Argonauts) in acquiring the Golden Fleece. As an enchantress, most of her power lies in seduction and trickery, with a healthy dose of witchcraft thrown in. She is known for being crafty, duplicitous and vengeful and is a great example of a very wicked witch in history, and is representative of some of the darkest pagan arts known to man.
* In return for her help, Jason agreed to marry her and take her with him.
* She killed her own brother Absyrtus to distract her father from her and Jason's escape.
* She dismembered him and scattered the parts, knowing her father would stop to retrieve them for proper burial. (In other versions, her brother pursues them when they flee and is killed by Jason).
* She is the supposed niece of Circe (of Odyssey fame).
* Granddaughter of Helios, God of the Sun.
* She killed the island of Crete's guard, Talos, by driving him mad and convincing him to take the nail out of his one vein that had been keeping him alive. (She did all of this from Jason's boat before ever putting a foot ashore.)
* When Jason tossed her aside for King Creon's daughter Glauce, she killed Glauce and her father with a poisoned dress and coronet.
* She may have also killed the children she had by Jason. (Ouch.) Either that, or it was an accident – or possibly a mob of townspeople from Corinth.
* After leaving Jason behind, she fled to Thebes and healed Herecles. So he could kill someone. After which she was again driven out by angry townspeople. (I'm sensing a theme here …)
* She fled to Athens and married Aegus. They had a son, Medus. But when Aegus's long lost son, Theseus, showed back up, she tried to kill him by convincing her husband Theseus was a threat. Aegus figured it out in the nick of time. Medea fled again, this time with Medus in tow.
* Medea returned to Colchis in time to kill her Uncle Perses and put her father Aeetes back on the throne.
* Making anointing oils that protect an individual from being burned by fire-breathing oxen
* Using narcotic herbs to put sleepless dragons to sleep
* Predictions and timely warnings.
* Mistress of potions