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Son of Aeson. Hero of the Golden Fleece. Leader of the Argonauts, Jason met Medea during his quest for the Golden Fleece. Although he has received credit for retrieving the treasure, Medea is the one who killed the monster guarding the Fleece. She also saved Jason's life during the escape. Jason married her, and fathered two children by her; however, due to her overly ardent actions on Jason's behalf, Jason and his family were exiled from his native kingdom of Iolcus. Here in Corinth, Jason has gone behind Medea's back and taken another bride. He is depicted as an opportunistic and unscrupulous man, full of self-deception and repugnant smugness. He condescends to his wife, although she is in every way superior to him.