1. Aeeta ut resciit Medeam cum Iasone profugisse, nave comparata misit
Absyrtum filium cum satellitibus armatis ad eam persequendam. Qui cum
Adriatico mari in Histria eam persecutus esset ad Alcinoum regem et
armis contendere, Alcinous se inter eos interposuit, ne bellarent; quem
iudicem sumpserunt, qui eos in posterum distulit.
1. When Aeetes learned that Medea had fled with Jason, he got a ship ready
and sent his son Absyrtus with armed guards to capture her. When
he caught up to her in the Adriatic sea in Histria at King Alcinous'
wanted to fight for her, Alcinous put himself in between to prevent a
They took him on as judge and he separated them until the next
|2. Qui cum tristior esset
et interrogatus est a coniuge Arete, quae causa esset tristitiae, dixit
se iudicem sumptum a duabus diversis civitatibus, inter Colchos et
Quem cum interrogaret Arete, quidnam esset iudicaturus, respondit
si virgo fuerit Medea, parenti redditurum, sin autem mulier, coniugi.
||2. Since he appeared sad and was asked by his wife Arete what
was the cause
of his sadness, he said the he had been taken on as a judge by two
countries, between Colchis and Argos. When Arete asked him what he
decide, Alcinous replied that if Medea is a virgin, he would return her
to her parents, but if she is a woman, to her husband.
Hoc cum audivit Arete a coniuge, mittit nuntium ad Iasonem, et is
noctu in antro devirginavit. Postero autem die cum ad iudicium
et Medea mulier esset inventa, coniugi est tradita.
|3. When Arete
heard this from her husband, she sent the news to Jason and he took
virginity during the night in a cave. When they came the next
then, for the decision, and Medea was found to be a woman, she was
over to her husband.
|4. Nihilominus cum
profecti essent, Absyrtus timens patris praecepta persecutus est eos in
insulam Minervae; ibi cum sacrificaret Minervae Iason et Absyrtus
ab Iasone est interfectus. Cuius corpus Medea sepulturae dedit, atque
4. Nonetheless, when they set out, Absyrtus,
because he was afraid of his father's commmands, pursued them to the
of Minerva. When Jason was sacrificing there to Minerva and
interrupted, he was killed by Jason. Medea buried him and they
out from there.
|5. Colchi, qui cum Absyrto venerant, timentes Aeetam illic
remanserunt oppidumque condiderunt, quod ab Absyrti nomine Absorin
Haec autem insula posita est in Histria
contra Polam, iuncta insulae Cantae.
||5. The Colchians who had come with Absyrtus, because
they were afraid of Aeetes, stayed there and founded a town, which they
named Absoros from Absyrtus's name. This island is located in Histria,
opposite Pola, joined to the island of