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Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Demigods and Heros - Achilles - Aegisthus - Agamemnon - Ajax the Locrian - Ajax the Telamonian - Alcestis - Amphiaraos - Amphitrite - Antigone - Atalanta - Belerophon - Cadmus - Clytemnestra - Daedalus - Danae - Dioscuri - Electra - Europa - Eurydice - Ganymede - Hector - Hecuba - Helen - Heracles - Hippolytus - Icarus - Io - Iphigenia - Jason - Leda - Menelaus - Minos - Nestor - Niobe - Odysseus - Oedipus - Orestes - Medea - Orpheus - Paris - Pasiphae - Pelops - Penelope - Perseus - Phaedra - Phaethon - Phrixus - Priam - Telemachus - Theseus - Triptolemus

Jason

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Jason The son of Aeson, king of Iolcos in Thessaly. He was raised by the centaur Chiron when his father lost the throne having been overthrown by his brother Pelias. Upon attaining his manhood, Jason wished to return to Iolcos, but on the road to that city, by helping Hera who was disguised as an old woman to pass a river, he lost a sandal. When Pelias saw him with a single sandal, he remembered the oracle foretelling that he would be unthroned by a man wearing one sandal, and in order to get rid of him promised to restore the throne if he could first recover the golden fleece of Phrixus [see entry] at the court of the king Aeetes of Colchis. Jason therefore built the good ship Argo, undertook the adventure and embarked on the vessel at Pagasae with some fifty of the chief heroes of Greece for distant Colchis. After many incidents, Jason and his companions reached Colchis and there with the help of Medea [see entry] succeeded in obtaining the golden fleece, embarked on the Argo with his men and took Medea with him. He returned to Iolcos, avenged the murder of his father by having Pelias murdered, but was in turn expelled by Acastus, son of Pelias, and fled to Corinth with Medea. But there he fell in love with Glauce and wished to rid himself of Medea. She in turn obtained her revenge by slaying their children who were with them at Corinth as well as Glauce herself. Jason died soon thereafter struck it is said by the fall of a piece of woodwork of the ship Argo, or took his own life in despair at losing his children.

Jason was the first navigator in history and the Argonautic expedition has been interpreted by modern scholars as a reflection or story of the attempt to set up Greek colonies along the coasts of Asia Minor and the Black Sea [see Argonautic Expedition]. [p. 66]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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