Inktober. Day 20. Medea.
Medea was the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, and supposedly the niece of Circe and the granddaughter of Helios. Often depicted as a priestess of Hecate, Medea is considered a sorceress in most stories.
When Jason arrived to Colchis to claim the throne, Medea fell in love with him and promised to help him, only with the condition of them getting married after the completion of the tasks. As they were fleeing away, Medea killed her brother, Absyrtus, to distract her father. During their journey, they made several stops, arriving on many lands and avoiding threats thanks to Medea's magical practices and enchantments, which usually resulted on someone's death (Pelias, Talus...) When Medea and Jason finally arrived to Corinth, he abandoned her for the king's daughter, Glauce. Then, she decided to take her revenge by killingGlauce and Creon with a poisoned dress and crown, sent as a gift to the maiden, and murdering two of her own childen afterwards. She escaped to Athens riding a golden chariot driven by dragons.
Medea is often see as a rejected, scorned woman, with a voluble and temperamental character, but she can also be understood as an intelligent, skilled woman who was continuously let down. Along with Jason's traits, this may result on an insteresting approach to male/female dychotomy.
She's commonly portrayed either murdering her children (a scene I have decided not to draw), or riding her chariot back to Athens. She often appears with jewels and a defiant attitude, and may carry magical instruments or potions, due to her sorceress/priestess role.
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