The weekend once again I am struggling to find something not related to the silliness we call US society….especially the election comedic skit.
So I decided to educate rather than elucidate…..
Most adults know the myth of Jason and the Argonauts……either from school or the movies……those cheesy Italian movies…….but is it just a myth or could there be something more to the tale?
The myth of Jason and the Argonauts endured for centuries, mainly because its heroes’ exploits exemplified resilience and took them on adventures to new lands. The Argonauts, named for the ship they sailed on, the Argo, were gathered by legendary hero Jason. According to PBS, Jason is the rightful heir to the throne of Iolkis, but after his father died, his uncle, Pelias, stole the crown. After a bunch of adventures on his own, Jason returned to Iolkis to reclaim his birthright. Pelias, however, wanted to make him suffer. So he ordered the young man to go on an impossible quest to prove his worth. He had to get the fabled Golden Fleece.
The Ancient History Encyclopedia writes that the goddess Athena favored Jason, so to help him in this quest, she gifted him Greece’s first longboat, the Argo. Then, like Nick Fury, he assembled the greatest heroic team. He called on Hercules, Theseus, Orpheus, the founders of Rome — Castor and Pollux — and Peleus, Achilles’s father. This group of heroes set sail for the island of Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece.
According to the Ancient History Encyclopedia, historians think Jason and the Argonauts reflect the journey undertaken by the Myceneans in the 13th century B.C. The Myceneans had begun to explore the islands to the east of Greece and faced different cultures there, much like the Argonauts did. The Caucasus Mountains in the east reportedly was filled with gold — you know, like the Golden Fleece. CNN reported that archaeologists even found ruins that may have inspired the myth.
Now when you watch that movie on TCM you will know the origins of the myth…..
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