Asteroid 212 Medea was discovered from Pula (or Pola) in Croatia by Johann Palisa on February 6th 1880. It’s another big main-belter, about 144 km (90 miles) across, with, in the absence of much else to say about it, the following orbital characteristics:
|Epoch||30 January 2005|
|Semi-Major Axis||3.113 AU|
|Orbital Period||5.49 years|
|Average Orbital Speed||16.88 km/s|
|Longitude of Ascending Node||313.697°|
|Argument of Perihelion||99.624°|
Medea is our second Greek tragedy in two days. This one is by Euripides (c. 484 to 406 BC), the most modern of the “big three” Athenian dramatists. He was about fifty when he wrote it, and it was perhaps a little too much for his audience, who placed it last in the City Dionysia of 431 BC, behind Sophocles in second, and Euphorion (son of the more famous Aeschylus) who won.
Medea was the wife of Jason (of “and the Argonauts” fame). She obviously had a sharp temper, shown most vividly by her killing her own children to spite Jason after he’d copped off with the daughter of the King of Corinth.