Medea, a mythical princess, a daughter of Aeetes, king of Colchis, by the oceanid Idyia, or Hecate, daughter of Perses. She was famous for her skill in sorcery, and enabled Jason, with whom she had fallen in love, to possess himself of the golden fleece. (See Argonauts.) Medea accompanied her lover to Greece, and lived with him as his wife, but was subse-quentlv deserted by Jason for Creiisa, daughter of Creon, king of Corinth. In revenge Medea destroyed her own children by Jason, and sent to Creiisa a poisoned garment which burned her to death. Then, fleeing to Athens in a chariot drawn by winged dragons, she there married Aegams, by whom she had several sons. Having been afterward detected in laying snares for the destruction of Theseus, she was driven from Attica, and went to Asia accompanied by her son Medus, who became the founder of the Median nation. Medea has been made the subject of tragedies both ancient and modern, among which are those of Euripides, Seneca, and Corneille.