THE SYMBOL OF PRINCESS MEDEA’S LOVE IS ALIVE AGAIN AFTER THOUSANDS OF YEARS…
The Medea (Golden Fleece) Statue rises to the skies from the Europe Square of the city of Batum that is located on the coast of Georgia that faces the Black Sea. This statue that can be seen from almost anywhere in the city was made by the sculptor David Khmaladze.
The necklace around Medea’s neck and the crown on her head are also gold and they point out the mastery of the Colchis reached in gold embroidery for thousands of years. The statue, which cost 1 million Lari, was opened to the public on June 6, 2007. The statue, which is in the center of the park that is the meeting spot of the city with its fountain pool, playing areas for children and green texture, is quite popular.
The Medea Statue which is one of the new symbols of Batum also represents the mythological face of the Caucasians. In Greek Mythology, the Golden Fleece symbolizes wealth, power and government. In the famous work of art, the Argonautica, written by Apollonios, a poet who lived in Rhodes during the 3rd century B.C., the legendary voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to claim the Golden Fleece is told. According to the work, Medea is the daughter of the King of Colchis King Aeetes. Medea falls in love with Jason, who comes to take the Golden Fleece. However, King Aeetes agrees to give the Golden Fleece to the Greeks as long as Jason also agrees to his conditions. Jason has to first subjugate the fire breathing oxen and plough a large field with them. Then Jason has to kill the dragon and plant its teeth into that field. Warriors will rise from these teeth. Jason then has to fight and defeat these warriors. No one will be able to do this other than Aeetes. However, Medea helps him, because she is in love with Jason, and enables him to get the Golden Fleece.
Medea then abandons the Kingdom of Colchis with Jason and goes to Greece. However, when Jason wants to marry another woman, Medea returns to the Kingdom of Colchis. This time by bringing her uncle down from the throne, she enables her father to retake it.
And now after centuries, this powerful woman is resurrected by means of the Medea Statue, holding the Golden Fleece in Batum.