Medeia and Iason in Greece (page 371 with art)

Chapter 12: Iason and the Argo

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Σ Med 1320 – Scholia to Euripides, Medeia – Scholia in Euripidem 2, p. 211, ed. E. Schwartz. Berlin 1891.

Greek Text

Σ Med 1386 – Scholia to Euripides, Medeia Scholia in Euripidem 2, p. 213, ed. E. Schwartz. Berlin 1891.

Greek Text

same as

15 fr 3 Sn – Neuphron, Medeia  Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 1, pp. 93-94, ed. B. Snell. Gottingen 1971

DS 4.55.1 – Diodoros Siculus, Library of History

Meanwhile, they go on to say, in the opinion of everyone Jason, in losing children and wife, had suffered only what was just; consequently, being unable to endure the magnitude of the affliction, he put an end to his life.​  Greek Text

♦ Munich, Antikensamlungen 3296.  Apulian krater,  Kreonteia.



♠ Her 12.53 – Ovid, Heroides (Epistles): Medea to Jason

Where was then the kingdom you receive as a dowry with Creusa?  Latin Text

Sen: Med 495 – Seneca, Medea

thou art Creusa’s advocate.  Latin Text

Fab 25 – Hyginus, Fabulae

Creusa took the gift, and was burned to death along with Jason and Creon.  Latin Text

ApB 1.9.28 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

But she invoked the gods by whom Jason had sworn, and after often upbraiding him with his ingratitude she sent the bride a robe steeped in poison, which when Glauce had put on, she was consumed with fierce fire along with her father, who went to her rescue.  Greek Text

DS 4.54.5 – Diodoros Siculus, Library of History

Thereupon Medea was driven out of the city, and being allowed by Creon but one day to make the preparations for her exile,​ she entered the palace by night, having altered her appearance by means of drugs, and set fire to the building by applying to it a little root which had been discovered by her sister Circê and had the property that when it was kindled it was hard to put out. Now when the palace suddenly burst into flames, Jason quickly made his way out of it, but as for Glaucê and Creon, the fire hemmed them in on all sides and they were consumed by it.  Greek Text

Fab 25 – Hyginus, Fabulae

When Medea saw that she, who had been Jason’s benefactress, was treated with scorn, with the help of poisonous drugs she made a golden crown, and she bade her sons give it as a gift to their stepmother. Creusa took the gift, and was burned to death along with Jason and Creon. When Medea saw that the palace was on fire, she slew Mermerus and Pheres, her sons by Jason, and fled from Corinth.  Latin Text

Apl: Met 1.10 – Apuleius, Metamorphoses

Just as Medea, in that one short day she won from Creon, consumed his daughter, his palace, and the old king himself in the flames from the golden crown, so Meroe, by chanting necromantic rites in a ditch, as she told me herself when she was drunk, shut all the people in their houses, with the dumb force of her magic powers.  Latin Text

Met 7.394-95 – Ovid, Metamorphoses

But after the new wife had been burnt by
the Colchian witchcraft and two seas
had seen the king’s own palace all aflame,  Latin Text

Sen: Med 883-87 – Seneca, Medea

Myself, I also marvel, and, though the woeful thing is done, can scarce believe it could be done. What stay is there to ruin? The greedy fire rages through the palace’s every part as if ‘twere bidden so. Already the whole house has fallen, the city is in peril.  Latin Text

Σ Med 19 – Scholia to Euripides, Medeia – Scholia in Euripidem 2, p. 144, ed. E. Schwartz. Berlin 1891.

Greek Text

DS 4.55.5 – Diodoros Siculus, Library of History

Here, as some say, she married Aegeus and gave birth to Medus, who was later king of Media, but certain writers give the account that, when her person was demanded by Hippotes, the son of Creon, she was granted a trial and cleared of the charges he raised against her.  Greek Text

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Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, March 2022.

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