Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Μήδεια [Mḗdeia]; Latin Medea)

A. Myth

The myth of M. belongs to the complex of the Argonaut legend (Jason and the Argonauts). M., whose name derives from µέδοµαι (medomai, ‘to be mindful’, ‘to devise’), is the daughter of the Oceanid Eidyia, ‘She who knows’ (or, according to other sources, the goddess of magic Hecate) and King Aeëtes of Colchis on the Black Sea. As granddaughter of the sun god Helios and niece of the sorceress Circe, and by virtue of her homeland, which was regarded as the land of magic, M. is versed…

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Corbineau-Hoffmann, Angelika, “Medea”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 16 June 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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