JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

Posted by admin on November 20, 2017 in Articles

Jason was the son of king Iolcus, but the kings’ brother Pelias took his throne from him also killing him. When Pelias took his brothers throne he lived in a constant state of fear that someone would take what he had taken so unfairly. Pelias held Jason’s mother captive and would have killed her if not for her mourning as if Jason had died. Meanwhile Jason was off in Chiron’s cave training and preparing. When Jason had come of age he set off to claim his rightful throne. Meanwhile the goddess Hera controlled her anger towards king Pelias because he had sacrificed to all the gods except her. She made herself look like a withered old woman and put herself on one side of the raging currents. When Jason arrived she asked him to carry her to the other side. Jason did not hesitate to lift the old woman onto his back, but halfway through the current he began to stagger. He lost a sandal in the current but successfully carried the old woman across while king Pelias was warned by an oracle that said “beware a stranger who wears but a single sandal.” When Jason reached iolcus he asserted his claim to the throne, but Pelias had no intention to give the throne. To cover his hate for Jason Pelias invited Jason to a banquet. Pelias decided to start a conversation” so what makes you think you have what it takes to rule a kingdom, forces example , how would you go about getting rid of someone who was giving you difficulties?” “Send him to go find the Golden Fleece” replied Jason. ““Not a bad idea tell you what, why don’t you go. “ Replied Pelias. So the word got out that Jason was looking for shipmates for his amazing adventure. Men knew it was very risky but the perfect crew among them was Heracles, had come together called the Argonauts named after their ship the Argo. Jason had the ship constructed by Argus who named it after himself. Much later they sailed to an island called Salmydessus. The king welcomed them but was not happy. The king had offended the…