Ialmenus (Ialmenos). The son of Ares and Astyoche and brother of Ascalaphus. He was one of the Argonauts and a suitor of Helen. After the destruction of Troy he wandered about with his followers, the Orchomenians, and founded colonies in Colchis. (Further information in Orchomenus , the native city of Ialmenus)
Asia, a surname of Athena in Colchis. Her worship was believed to have been brought from thence by Castor and Polydeuces to Laconia, where a temple was built to her at Las. (Paus. iii. 24.5)
The son of Aeetes, king of Colchis, whom Medea took with her when she fled with Iason. Being pursued by her father, she murdered her brother, cut his body in pieces, and threw them into the sea, that her father might be detained by gathering the limbs of his child. Tomi, the place where this horror was committed, was believed to have derived its name from temno, "cut".
Absyrtus or Apsyrtus (Apsurtos), a son of Aeetes, king of Colchis, and brother of Medeia. His mother is stated differently: Hyginus (Fab. 13) calls her Ipsia, Apollodorus (i. 9.23) Idyia, Apollonius (iii. 241) Asterodeia, and others Hecate, Neaera, or Eurylyte. When Medeia fled with Jason, she took her brother Absyrtus with her, and when she was nearly overtaken by her father, she murdered her brother, cut his body in pieces and strewed them on the road, that her father might thus be detained by gathering the limbs of his child. Tomi, the place where this horror was committed, was believed to have derived its name from temno, " cut" (Apollod. i. 9.24; Ov. Trist. iii. 9; compare Apollon. iv. 338, &c. 460, &c.). According to another tradition Absyrtus was not taken by Medeia, but was sent out by his father in pursuit of her. he overtook her in Corcyra, where she had been kindly received by king Alcinous, who refused to surrender her to Absyrtus. When he overtook her a second time in the island of Minerva, he was slain by Jason (Hygin. Fab. 23). A tradition followed by Pacuvius (Cic. de nat. deor. iii. 19), Justin (xlii. 3), and Diodorus (iv. 45), called the son of Aeetes, who was murdered by Medeia, Aegialeus.
This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Sep 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
brother of Aeetes, deposes him and is killed by Medea
(Medeia). The daughter of Aeetes, king of Colchis, by the Oceanid Idyia, or, according to others, by Hecate, the daughter of Perses. She was celebrated for her skill in magic. The principal parts of her story are given under Absyrtus, Argonautae, and Iason. It is sufficient to state here that, when Iason came to Colchis to seek the Golden Fleece, she fell in love with the hero, assisted him in accomplishing the object for which he had visited Colchis, and afterwards fled with him as his wife to Greece; that, having been deserted by Iason for the youthful daughter of Creon, king of Corinth, she took fearful vengeance upon her faithless husband by murdering the two children whom she had borne to him and by destroying his young wife by a poisoned garment; and that she then fled to Athens in a chariot drawn by winged dragons. So far her story has been related elsewhere.
At Athens she is said to have married King Aegeus, or to have been beloved by Sisyphus. Zeus himself is said to have sued for her, but in vain, because Medea dreaded the anger of Here; and the latter rewarded her by promising immortality to her children. Her children are, according to some accounts, Mermerus, Pheres, or Thessalus, Alcimenes, and Tisander; according to others, she had seven sons and seven daughters, while others mention only two children, Medus (some call him Polyxenus) and Eriopis, or one son Argus. Respecting her flight from Corinth, there are different traditions. Some say, as stated above, that she fled to Athens and married Aegeus; but when it was discovered that she had laid snares for Theseus, she escaped and went to Asia, the inhabitants of which were called after her Medes (Medoi).
Others relate that she first fled from Corinth to Heracles at Thebes, who had promised her his assistance while yet in Colchis, in case of Iason being unfaithful to her. She cured Heracles, who was seized with madness; and as he could not afford her the assistance he had promised, she went to Athens. She is said to have given birth to her son Medus after her arrival in Asia, where she had married a king; whereas others state that her son Medus accompanied her from Athens to Colchis, where her son slew Perses, and restored her father Aeetes to his kingdom. The restoration of Aeetes, however, is attributed by some to Iason, who accompanied Medea to Colchis. At length Medea is said to have become immortal, to have been honoured with divine worship, and to have married Achilles in Elysium. The story of Medea is the subject of plays by Euripides and Seneca.
Medea, Medeia: Perseus Project
Medea to Jason: P. Ovidius Naso, The Epistles of Ovid
Medea: Various WebPages
Golden Fleece: Various WebPages
But when the Colchians could not find the ship, some of them settled at the Ceraunian mountains, and some journeyed to Illyria and colonized the Apsyrtides Islands.
Receive our daily Newsletter with all the latest updates on the Greek Travel industry.Subscribe now!