Royal Palace in Athens
Messenger: My king, my king! A woman from Corinth has arrived in Athens; she is the exiled sorceress Medea.
Aegeus: Do not use such words to describe this woman! For she is an ally and acquaintance of mine and she is a woman in dire need of assistance. She is welcome in Athens on my decree, send for her to be brought to me at the palace at once and Ensure she is protected at all times.
Enter Medea at the palace
Aegeus: Welcome Medea, to Athens a place you may now call your very own. I have granted you citizenship on account of our previous agreement. Your enemies have no power in my lands and you will be protected from them.
Medea: I am grateful to you Aegeus for keeping the oath prescribed in the name of this Earth and my father’s father the Sun; I am now an enemy of the entirety of Corinth and I will reside in Athens in refuge. Under the oath you took you are to deny my enemies access to me, they will come searching for me in the near future.
Aegeus: What have you done Medea? For what are you under such situation are you in danger; you were merely exiled by Creon.
Medea: I have caused the deaths of Creon and his abhorrent daughter; I had to take the lives of my beloved young ones to save them from the hands of my enemies or they too would suffer.