The Medea tells a story of a jealous and revenge of a woman betrayed by her husband. She for the love of Jason, her husband destroyed her fathers home and he after she has borne her children betrayed her for the love and riches of Glauce, daughter of Creon, ruler of Corinth. Creon orders her banishment, as he is afraid that her rage and discontentment may harm his child. In agony she begs for one day from creon to arrange for her settlement, but her mind has several other plans. Creon grants her one-day. Meanwhile Jason approaches her, banters her, which provokes her anger. In the vengeance and she through the knowledge of herbs, plans the most dreadful deaths for Jason, Creon and Glauce.
Further to Medea’s luck King Aegeus, the ruler of Athens, arrives at Corinth from Delphi. Medea laments her fate to him and asks his aid; he swears that in Athens she shall find refuge. Now, reassured, she turns to vengeance. She has Jason summoned, and when he comes she begs for permission for her children to stay in Corinth. She further sends the princess a costly robe and a golden crown as gift of her acceptance and pray for her protection. The prayer is granted and the gifts accepted. But soon a messenger appears, announcing the death of Glauce and Creon. But this does not complete her vengeance. She leads her two children to the house, and that no other may slay them in revenge, murders them herself. She destroys the kin of Jason, severest of revenge for any Greek man. Jason, who has come to punish the murderess of his bride, hears that his children have perished too, and Medea herself appears to him in the chariot of the sun, bestowed by Helios, the sun god, upon his descendants and flies to Athens.