25 - Jason was from the town of Iolcus. His uncle was named...

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Jason was from the town of Iolcus . His uncle was named Pelias . Jason’s father was crown prince of Iolcus and was supposed to become king, but Pelias took over the throne instead. Pelias considered Jason to be a threat, so Jason’s parents hurriedly got Jason out of the country to safety in case Pelias tried to have him killed. Twenty years later, at around age 20, Jason decides to come back to Iolcus to reclaim his throne. On his way, he stopped to help an old woman cross a stream. Part-way across the stream, he lost one of his shoes. The old woman, though, was really Hera in disguise, so she decided to help him defeat Pelias, who Hera felt had not given her the proper respect. (The fact that Hera decides to help Jason lets us know that Zeus was not his father). Pelias had been fated to be killed by a man with one shoe, then here comes back Jason with one shoe saying that he wanted the throne. Pelias knew that he could not kill Jason since he was a blood relative, and he’d then have to go into exile himself. So he asked Jason what he would do if he were confronted by the man fated to kill him. Jason said, “I would send him on an adventure to get the golden fleece . If he’s lost at sea, it would not be your fault.” So Pelias did just that – sent Jason on an adventure to get the golden fleece, promising that if Jason brought back the golden fleece, he could be king. The golden fleece was a sheepskin – many gold miners would stretch a sheepskin (fleece) in a stream so that the wool could gather flowing gold pieces. The fleece was in a country at the far end of the Black Sea, over which Jason would have to sail. He built a ship – the first Greek ship – called the Argo . The sailors were called Argonauts . Jason recruited 50 men to go along with him – he needed so many to row the ship out when leaving and nearing the dock. Jason’s adventures:
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