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Jason slays the dragon guarding the golden fleece.

Jason slays the dragon guarding the golden fleece. Credit.

Jason and the Argonauts

The Archetypal Adventure

Intro: What is an Argonaut?
Part I: The gathering. The world's greatest super heroes.
Part II: The perilous voyage. The gods challenge the Argonauts with many trials.
Part III: The perilous voyage continues. Several Argonauts will perish in the dangers that lie ahead.
Part IV: A deadly trial. Jason schemes to seize the Golden Fleece from King Aeetes.
Part V: Toil and trouble. Will Jason survive his deadly trial and win the Golden Fleece?
Part VI: The voyage home. The boon of the adventure.
Summary: What is a hero? Coming soon.


Classical Literature and the tale of the Argonauts

Read the Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius, a third century B.C. Greek poet who composed the oldest surviving record of the myth, which was formerly passed down through the generations by oral verse.

Read another one of the earliest written recordings of Jason and the Argonauts. The Argonautica by Valerius Flaccus, a Roman poet in the first century.

Here's a fun and easy-to-read revision of the myth with great illustrations. The myth of Jason, the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece.

The Argonauts, Castor and Pollux, capture Talos

The Argonauts, Castor and Pollux, capture Talos, the bronze giant, guardian of Crete. (Red-figured vase, 5th cent. B.C. Apulia, Italy.) Credit.