Medeia of Colchis, Granddaughter of Helios Picture

She always had the crooked deal in Classic Mythology. There was only one version of her legend that I could find where she killed her children--and yet that is what people remember after her "betrayal" of her father to give Jason the Golden Fleece. Let's take a look at this.
Colchis was the potential source for two Golden Fleeces: the use of fleece to siphon golden flecks out of the waterways, or Sea Silk. Both were backbones of trade. I won't discount the first but am very fond of the Sea Silk theory as that industry appears to be the realm of women--the last bona fide Sea Silk Spinner is a woman. The Golden Fleece that fell to earth has every indication of centering an ancestral cult in which the sacrifice of the ram is recognized (Colchis isn't very far from a part of Turkmenistan where a cemetery is still decorated with the horns and skulls of Mountain Sheep, whom are considered sacred). Medeia may have helped Jason acquire the Fleece, but why did her father have so much control over what looks like her rightful realm? Disagreement about age? Or more likely, a power dispute. Medeia sits on a bull's skin (a marine emblem), as a Golden Fleece hangs drying on the branches of the bay laurel, one of her trees. Sea Silk shells and their unique pearls lie scattered about her feet. She burns a laurel branch in a bowl and behind her rests the bloodstained Ram's Head altar of her ancestrix. A wild thyme rests at the feet of the laurel, and the Horned Viper curls in her lap (if anything in the snake kingdom looks like the stuff of Baby Dragon legends, it would be this fellow). Let us also consider that Medeia is the granddaughter of Helios, the sun god who was never completely supplanted by Apollo and to whom no one dared cross. No one.
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