Absyrtos (also Absyrtus, Apsyrt, Apsyrtides, Apsyrtos; Greek Ἄψυρτος or Ἄξυρτος ) is a figure from Greek Argonauts.

He was the son of King Aeetes of Colchis, there are different information about his mother, the nymph Asterodeia, Eurylyte who called Nereid Neaira or Hecate are. He had two half-sisters, Chalciope and Medea.

About his death, there are two versions, one of which several variants of different authors exist. Medea had helped Jason and the Argonauts for the Golden Fleece and fled with them. In the better-known version of Ovid Medea took her brother, who was still a child, with the escape. In order to stop King Aeetes and the pursuers, killed and dismembered them her brother and scattered the items. Aeetes collected the body parts of his son an order to bury him may, by this delay, the Argonauts escaped. In variants of this version Absyrtos is only later by the Argo into the sea or into the Phasis, today's river Rioni, thrown to stop the pursuers.

In the second, earlier version of Apollonius of Rhodes Absyrtos was already a man who was sent by his father with a fleet, the Golden Fleece - or, in a variant Medea - retrieve. After a long pursuit took Absyrtos the Argonauts at the mouth of the Ister ( Danube today ) one who had a connection to the Adriatic to former ideas. Medea persuaded her brother to negotiate with cunning and Jason killed him from ambush. According to legend, the body was washed up on the beach a group of islands - named after him Apsyrtiden to the main island of Cres Croatia before. After another reading he was killed there or buried; another variant reported that there settled the Colchians who did not dare after an unsuccessful mission, return to Colchis.


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