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Under the order of King Pelias, Jason embarks on a perilous journey to steal the Golden Fleece from the Land of Colchis. Far from heroic, Jason is the typical everyman. He is given to intense bouts of nervousness and anxiety and is saved on more than one occasion by the sorceress Medea, Jason's love interest, and his band of heroes: Castor and Pollux, Heracles, the musician Orpheus, and the flying brothers Zetes and Calais. 

They encounter clashing rocks at the Bosphorus; an all-female parliament at Lemnos, where the women have slaughtered the men; harpies who plague the prophet Phineas; King Amycus, a champion boxer; an army of men who spring from the ground; and, of course, the never-sleeping dragon who guards the Golden Fleece. 

Often compared with Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Jason and the Argonauts is the only surviving poem from the Hellenistic period and was hugely influential on later literature, especially the Roman poetry of Virgil and Ovid. 

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  • 31-03-21

Good to know “WHY” the journey before beginning

Good Greek classic poem although there seem to be many variations on the story. The question of “why” the heroes sought the fleece haunted me for the whole saga but was never clearly elucidated. Apparently the Golden Fleece symbolizes kingship & authority. Other Greek myths explain that Jason was the stillborn son of a king so was raised by a Centaur. As an adult, Jason, “son of Aeson”, tried returning to where he was born to reclaim the the throne. However, King Pelias, who usurped Jason’s father, schemed to rid of him by ordering that he first perform the impossible task of bringing back the Golden Fleece from afar.

The treacherous adventure starts well into the book after a lengthy introduction of heroes embarking on the journey. Have patience. Those same characters are often discussed in action by their lineage, son of so & so, rather than their name so be prepared for dual identities. Thankfully, narration is dramatic & well done since the prose and verbiage can be challenging at times.