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Spread it over your body and your weapons. It will protect you from the fire-breathingbulls and the armed men who will spring up when you have sown the dragon’s teeth."She also gave him a magic stone to throw among the armed men. "Now go, for there isnot much time before daylight."The next morning Jason spread the magic ointment on hisbody and on his spear and his shield. Then he went to thefield where King Aetes and his warriors awaited thespectacle."Jason will be killed by the fire-breathing bulls," said theking’s son, Apsyrtus."That is certain," said the king. "What a fool he is toundergo this ordeal."Jason strode out onto the field, and the two fire-breathingbulls were set loose. Jason ran after them, grabbed them both by the horns, and yokedthem to the plow."The bulls breathe fire on Jason, yet they do not even singe him," said Apsyrtus. "Howcan this be?""It is indeed strange," said the king. "But he will not be able to withstand the armedwarriors who will spring up when he sows the dragon’s teeth."Jason drove the bulls across the field. The plow cut furrows in the earth. Into these Jasonsowed the dragon’s teeth. Instantly an army of fierce armed men sprang up and ran toattack Jason. But Jason threw the magic stone into their midst, and the men began killingone another with their spears.
The Questing Mythic HeroKing Aetes was furious. He said to his son, "Jason shall never have the Golden Fleece.Go and call our army together. Tonight, when he expects me to give him the treasure, wewill attack his band of men on board their ship."Because Medea was a sorceress she knew her father’s plan.That night she stole to Jason’s ship and said, "My father isplanning to prevent you from capturing the Golden Fleece.You must seize it now, before he attacks you. I shall comeon board and lead you to the sacred grove where theGolden Fleece hangs." The heroes rowed quietly as Medeaguided them. "Now!" she said suddenly. "Stop here andpull up your ship on shore."They did as she said. Then Medea and Jason crept ashoreto the sacred grove. There they saw the Golden Fleecehanging from a tree and glistening in the moonlight. Ahuge, hissing dragon guarded it, but Medea sneaked up andsang it a soothing, magical lullaby. Soon the dragon was fast asleep. Jason snatched theGolden Fleece, and he and Medea ran back to the ship. The heroes rowed away as fast asthey could. And not until they were several miles out to sea did Jason show them theGolden Fleece. They all marveled at the hard-won prize and praised Medea for her helpin gaining it. "But how will Medea get back to the palace?" they asked."She is not going to leave us," said Jason. "For I have promised to marry her as soon as Ican."It was not long before King Colchis learned that Jason and the Argonauts had rowedaway with the Golden Fleece and his daughter, Medea. The king sent Apsyrtus with anarmy to pursue them.

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Term
Fall
Professor
Gutman
Tags
Greek Mythology, Argonauts, Golden Fleece, Colchis

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