leader of the Argonauts, who, with the help of Medea, got the Golden Fleece.
sorceress who helped Jason get the Golden Fleece.
author of the
the two major epics that have survived from
Roman poet, author of the masterpiece the
the most influential work of
literature produced in ancient Rome.
Greek poet, born in
, Egypt. Unlike his teacher,
who favored the short poem in the artificial and learned style, Apollonius cultivated
poetry in the grand style of
. Apollonius's most important and only extant work is
the epic poem
The narrative framework of the poem is provided by the
mythological story of
, who sailed in quest of the
In Apollonius's account, Jason obtained the fleece by the magical aid of the young princess
, who had fallen in love with him and had agreed to help him in return for the
promise of marriage. She even murdered her brother to help Jason escape. Later, despite
his promise to marry her, Jason abandoned Medea.
in Greek mythology, a mountain nymph. The supreme god, Zeus, persuaded her to
distract his wife, Hera, with incessant talk, so that Hera could not spy on him. In anger,
Hera robbed Echo of the full power of speech, leaving her only the capacity to repeat the
final syllable of every word she heard. An unrequited love for the beautiful
loved only his own reflected image, caused Echo to pine away until only her voice
in Greek mythology, a handsome youth, the son of the river god Cephissus.
Because of his great beauty many women fell in love with Narcissus, but he repulsed their
advances. Among the lovelorn maidens was the nymph Echo, who had incurred the
displeasure of Hera and had been condemned by the goddess never to speak again except
to repeat what, was said to her. Echo was therefore unable to tell Narcissus of her love, but