27 - 10/27 Jason and the Argonauts- very popular story, but...

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10/27 Jason and the Argonauts- very popular story, but problem is we have different versions “Argonautica”- main version of story- much newer than Homeric stories Best known features- why Jason is a strange hero- team effort Golden fleece- backstory: Background Theophane- has sex with Poseidon, resulting in Ram with golden fleece Iolcus- King Cretheus of Iolcus and brother Athamas fighting over throne Athamas has wife=Nephele- “cloud”, children=Phrixus and Helle Nephele dies, Athamas then marries Ino, who wants to kill children so can have own children taking throne Tricks him into thinking Ath has to sacrifice own son (Phrixxus) Ram rescues him, carries him with Helle Eastbound Helle falls off at Hellespont Ram goes to Colchis, so Ram becomes important in Colchis Early Life of Jason Cretheus’s son=Aeson. Jason=son of Aeson, Aeson’s half brother is Pelias- Peleus is Heracles’ dad- different people! Jason in most versions brought up away from palace- worried that Pelias, unrighteous ruler, will knock him off Lots of overlap with other myths- Chiron said to have educated Jason Hera involved in story- Hera wants to take revenge on Pelias bc he didn’t honor her Weird bc not all about Jason Jason returns to Iolcus to claim throne Hera has prophecy- “beware of the man with one sandal” This drives Jason go into town, makes Jason lose sandal in mud Just to fulfill prophecy Pelias freaked out when one sandaled man shows up Pelias can’t kill guest, so sends him on a dangerous quest Pelias tells him to go retrieve the Golden Fleece The Expedition Jason puts out a call for heroes to help him(unlike other stories)
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27 - 10/27 Jason and the Argonauts- very popular story, but...

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