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Unformatted text preview: Ovids Argo 07/11/2007 17:21:00 Jasons Labors Bulls of Hephaistos -fire-breathing bulls Dragons teeth -from which men grew out of Jason as exogamic suitor; mastery of agriculture -traditional theme is underlying in the different variations of the golden fleece story -its an old tale; goes back to Homer and Hesiod Dealing with the dragon thats guarding the fleece -versions where Medea gets more credit for killing the dragon than Jason does Return Home Murder of brother Apsyrtus -Medeas brother; chasing the Argonauts to get Medea to return to homeland (so shes punished for helping the Argonauts) -Medea and brother meet in secret to negotiate; Jason jumps out and kills him -impious, crime against the family and crime against the gods (to kill someone in course of peaceful negotiations) -another version where King Aietes is chasing the Argonauts; Medeas brother is on the ship with her (he was a baby in this version) and she chops him up and throws him in the sea; Aietes has to stop to collect the pieces in order to bury him, losing the pursuit) Visiting Circe; Purification -of blood guilt -Circe is Medeas aunt Visiting Libya -idea of people trying to get them as part of their country/areas history -the weirdest thing about the visit to Libya is that they carried their ship across the desert of Libya Crete and Bronze Talus -bronze monster that ran around island of Crete throughout the course of the day looking out for ships and if saw any would try to sink them by throwing rocks -he sees them, starts to throw rocks; his weakness is a single vein where ichor flows and he can be hurt (the rest of him is metallic) -Medea stares him down and puts a spell on him; he stumbles on a rock, hits his hell (where the vein is) on a rock, and the ichor flows out of him and he collapses The Fleece (why are they doing it?) Impossible quest -king sends him on this impossible task to get rid of him because hears cousin with one sandal will take over Dynastic symbol -symbol of divine authority that a king has; Initiation rite; Rite of passage -most of them are young men, so this is a rite of passage of sorts they go on to prove their manhood and prove that they are heroes in a mythical sense, Greek sense of that word Anger of Phrixus or Zeus -Phrixus almost sacrificed by his father and a ram takes his place; anger of Zeus that Phrixus was almost sacrificed; but doesnt sound right: youd think itd be that Zeus is angry because Phrixus wasnt sacrificed -Version that Phrixus was angry, not Zeus; Phrixus was killed by king Aietes so thinks he doesnt deserve the fleece and sends descendents of his to get it -makes more sense that Zeus is angry because Aietes broke xenia Panning for gold with a rams skin in the river Phasis near Colchis -never hear what happens to the fleece after it gets to Greece...
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