The Adventure of Jason and the Argonauts from the Argonautica


Kelly Macquire
published on 17 August 2022

Jason is a mythological Greek hero who is best known for his journey with the Argonauts in search of the golden fleece. Aboard the ship the Argo (which is where the term Argonauts comes from), Jason and his men travelled to Kolchis on the Black Sea from Iolkos in Thessaly to retrieve the golden fleece, which is the hide of what was once a flying ram with gold hair, and he gets into a number of adventures on his journey. Jason is aided by Medea, who was made to fall in love with Jason, and who used her skills in magic to help him succeed in his quest and then returns home with him. The journey of Jason may reflect historical expeditions the Mycenaeans made in the thirteenth century BCE as they travelled and explored lands to the east of the Greek world.

There are numerous versions of Jason’s story (as there are for much if not all of Greek myth), but it’s Apollonius of Rhodes’ Argonautica, written in the third century BCE, that is often referred to as the main version of the story (which is the version this video will summarise), although parts of his myth are told in Pindar’s Fourth Pythian Ode and Pseudo-Apollodorus’ The Library of Greek Mythology, not to mention the story of Jason and Medea after his quest for the golden fleece is the topic of Euripides’ tragedy Medea.



0:00​ Introduction
1:02 Who is the Greek Hero Jason?
2:23 The Beginning of the Argonautica
4:32 The Journey to Kolchis
8:41 Jason and the Golden Fleece
11:05 The Journey Back to Iolkos
12:03 Jason and Medea
13:55 Outro

Jason and the Argonauts–the-argonauts/
The Golden Fleece
Mycenaean Civilisation
Medea (Play)
Greek Mythology
Ancient Greek Literature

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Medusa, the Snake-Haired Gorgon in Greek Mythology
Hades, Tartarus and the Underworld in Greek Mythology

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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