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Unformatted text preview: Jan 3 = Jason A problematic Hero The myth of Jason is very old (the Odyssey refers to it), but our major sources for it are later. Pindars ( a great poet) Pythian 4 (462 BC), offers a noble portrait, which later writers altered. Euripides tragedy Medea (431 BC, a play, Medea = Jasons wife. Jason shown as an evil character through the eyes of Medea) Apollonius of Rhodes epic Argonautica (Hellenistic, leads the Argonauts, becomes more like a romance rather than a hero story ) Iolcus (hometown) in Thessaly ( up to the east coast of Greece, very fertile) Aeolus (a wind god) | 2 generations | Aeson (father) Pelias (uncle, brother of Aeson) | Jason Early Threat Aeson the rightful king, driven from the throne by evil brother Pelias. Aeson sent his infant son away from home to protect him from Pelias. Jason raised and educated in the countryside by the centaur Chiron (human and the beast side of the hero, not that big of a donk like other centaurs, teaches martial arts and arts of healing)...
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This note was uploaded on 01/10/2011 for the course CLASSICS 2200 taught by Professor Sharp during the Winter '10 term at UWO.
- Winter '10
- Medea, Medea, Jason