The son of Helios and Perse (Perseis),1 although others mention Persa2 or Antiope3 as his mother. His wife is Idyia by whom he is the father of Absyrtus, Chalciope, and Medea.4 Aeëtes was the king of Colchis and it was during his reign that Phrixus brought tither the Golden Fleece, from where it was later removed by the Argonauts.

Aeëtes was a brother of Circe, Pasiphaë, and Perses.5 The latter expelled him from his kingdom, but his daughter Medea restored him to the throne.6