Medeia and Iason in Greece (page 372)

Chapter 12: Iason and the Argo

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Her 12.204 – Ovid, Heroides

Go now, perjured man, and boast the ill-gotten wealth of Sisyphus.  Latin Text

Sen: Med 512 – Seneca, Medea

the grandchildren of Phoebus with the grandchildren of Sisyphus.  (Transl. E. Bianchelli)  Latin Text

Fab 25 – Hyginus, Fabulae

To him [Jason] , Creon, son of Menoecus, King of Corinth, gave his younger daughter Glauce as wife.  Latin Text

Th 1000-1002 – Hesiod, Theogony

And she was subject to Iason, shepherd of the people, and bore a son Medeus whom Cheiron the son of Philyra brought up in the mountains. And the will of great Zeus was fulfilled.  Greek Text

Paus 2.3.9 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

The Greeks have an epic poem called Naupactia. In this Jason is represented as having removed his home after the death of Pelias from Iolcus to Corcyra, and Mermerus, the elder of his children, to have been killed by a lioness while hunting on the mainland opposite. Of Pheres is recorded nothing. But Cinaethon of Lacedaemon, another writer of pedigrees in verse, said that Jason’s children by Medea were a son Medeus and a daughter Eriopis; he too, however, gives no further information about these children.  Greek Text

same as

Kinaithon fr 2 PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, p. 116, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.

Paus. 2.3.9   Kinaithon of Lakedaimon – who also wrote pedigrees in verse –  said that Medeios and a daughter, Eriopis, were born to Jason by Medeia; beyond this, there is no further information about the children.  (Transl. E. Bianchelli)

Naupaktia fr 9 PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, p. 126, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.

Paus. 2.3.9  There is a poem among the Greeks called Naupaktia. It says that, after the death of Pelias, Jason moved from Iolkos to Korkyra, and that Mermeros, the elder of his children, was killed by a lioness as he was hunting on the mainland on the other side. Reguarding Pheres, there is nothing recorded.  (Transl. E. Bianchelli)

Med 1026-27 – Euripides, Medeia

[1025] before I have the enjoyment of [the two of] you and see you happy, before I have tended to your baths and wives and marriage-beds and held the wedding-torches aloft.  Greek Text

Med 1136 – Euripides, Medeia

When your two children came  Greek Text

Paus 2.3.6 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

Above this well has been built what is called the Odeum (Music Hall), beside which is the tomb of Medea’s children. Their names were Mermerus and Pheres, and they are said to have been stoned to death by the Corinthians owing to the gifts which legend says they brought to Glauce.  Greek Text

ApB 1.9.28 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

But Mermerus and Pheres, the children whom Medea had by Jason, she killed.  Greek Text

Hellanikos 4F132 FGrHDie Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, p. 139, ed. F. Jacoby, 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

Greek Text

DS 4.54.1 – Diodoros Siculus, Library of History

Jason made his home in Corinth and living with Medea as his wife for ten years he begat children by her, the two oldest, Thessalus and Alcimenes, being twins, and the third, Tisandrus, being much younger than the other two.  Greek Text

DS 4.54.7 – Diodoros Siculus, Library of History

Although Medea had been successful in her first undertakings, yet she did not refrain, so we are told, from taking her revenge upon Jason. For she had come to such a state of rage and jealousy, yes, even of savageness, that, since he had escaped from the peril which threatened him at the same time as his bride, she determined, by the murder of the children of them both, to plunge him into the deepest misfortunes; for, except for the one son who made his escape with her, she slew the other sons and in company with her most faithful maids fled in the dead of night from Corinth and made her way safely to Heracles in Thebes.  Greek Text

DS 4.55.2 – Diodoros Siculus, Library of History

After the Corinthians had performed this command, Thessalus, they say, who had escaped being murdered by his mother, was reared as a youth in Corinth and then removed to Iolcus, which was the native land of Jason; and finding on his arrival that Acastus, the son of Pelias, had recently died, he took over the throne which belonged to him by inheritance and called the people who were subject to himself Thessalians after his own nameGreek Text

ApB 1.9.28 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

Medea came to Athens, and being there married to Aegeus bore him a son Medus. Afterwards, however, plotting against Theseus, she was driven a fugitive from Athens with her son. But he conquered many barbarians and called the whole country under him Media, and marching against the Indians he met his death. And Medea came unknown to Colchis, and finding that Aeetes had been deposed by his brother Perses, she killed Perses and restored the kingdom to her father.  Greek Text

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

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