After Jason agrees to meet the challenge posed by Aeetes
, Medea's mind is compared to a dream in the way it flutters after Jason (446-47).
In Colchis, his final appearance in the poem,(49) there is no indication that he speaks at all; there again only the result--the transfer of the dragon's teeth from Aeetes
to Jason--is told.
The king in the second part of the story is not a frightening or vengeful character bent on eliminating or testing the hero or prophet, as are Pelias, Aeetes
, or even Jezebel in Elijah's story.
consented to yield the treasure if Jason would yoke to the plow two wild, fire-breathing bulls and sow a field with dragon's teeth.
Making their way via the Danube, Rhine, and Rhone to the Mediterranean, they reached the island of Aea, where Circe, Aeetes
' sister, purified Jason and Medea of murder.
, Pelias, Jason, Creon, and finally Aegeus are all destroyed by Medea through their fatherhood.
In Apollonius' version, Aeetes
is enraged at the presumption of the Argonauts who wish to claim the golden fleece; in order to conciliate him, Jason offers to fight on his behalf against the Sauromatae or any other tribe that the king of Colchis wishes to subdue (Arg.
Medea had aided Jason in avoiding the traps laid for him by her father, King Aeetes
of Colchis, while regaining the Golden Fleece.
Phrixus reached Colchis at the eastern end of the Black Sea; he gave the ram to King Aeetes
, who nailed its fleece to an oak in the grove of Ares, and married Aeetes
' daughter Chalciope, who bore him four sons.
Now to haughty Aeetes
and all the Colchians had Medea's love been revealed and her deeds discovered.
In Greek mythology, a sorceress and priestess of Hecate, daughter of the Colchian king Aeetes
, and wife of Jason, later of Aegeus.
454-74), (77) while in a reworking of the famous Iliadic teichoscopia, Juno, disguised as Chalciope, leads Medea to the city walls and encourages her to watch Jason as he fights on behalf of Aeetes