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Aeetes promised the Fleece to Jason if he successfully completed certain seemingly impossible tasks. With the help of Medea's sorcery Jason did so, but Aeetes went back on his word and refused him the Fleece. Jason, once again helped by Medea, stole the Fleece and fled, and Medea delayed her furious father's pursuit by murdering her little brother, Apsyrtus, and strewing his dismembered body over the sea. Aeetes stopped to gather up the pieces, then turned back to bury them at a place he named Tomi ('cuttings').
The paradox is that although Admetus now lives on because of the self-sacrifice of his loving wife, he finds that, with Alcestis 34 Adonis dead, he no longer wishes to go on living. 'I think my wife's fate is happier than my own,' he says, 'even though it may not seem so. No pain will ever touch her now, and she has ended life's many troubles with glory. But I, who have escaped my fate and ought not to be alive, shall now live out my life in sorrow. Now I understand ... whenever I come indoors, the loneliness will drive me out again when I see my wife's bed, and the chair in which she used to sit, now empty, the floor in every room unswept, the children clinging round my knees and crying for their mother, the servants lamenting the beloved mistress they have lost' (935-49).
Both said that he lived to see Jason come home again, and was magically restored to youth by the sorcery of MEDEA. ] Aethalides. The herald of the ARGONAUTS. He was a son of HERMES by Eupolemeia, the daughter of Myrmidon, and the half-brother of Erytus and Echion. Hermes granted Aethalides an undying memory that stayed with him even after death. He then lived alternately in the Underworld and on earth, where he inhabited a new body from time to time, one of which was said to have been that of the philosopher Pythagoras.