This week I learned about multiple Greek myths. In this lesson I’m going to tell the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece.
Jason is a prince, who gets his throne stolen from him; when he comes of age he is told that he can get his throne back if he retrieves the Golden Fleece, which symbolizes Kingship. So he gathers a team of Greek heroes to help him and set of on his ship the Argo.
After a side journey of freeing a king from Harpies, Jason finally finds the Golden Fleece he is told by King Aeetes, (who is currently guarding the fleece) that he needs to complete a few simple tasks and he can take the fleece.
These “simple” tasks weren’t so simple, Medea, the king’s daughter, who also is an expert enchantress, falls in love with Jason and helps him to complete the tasks by making various potions. With Medea’s help Jason retrieves the Golden Fleece and runs away with the fleece and the king’s daughter.
Unfortunately, the couple doesn’t live happily ever after. They killed Medea’s brother while fleeing from the island where King Aeetes was. They also committed a few other crimes while getting the Golden Fleece and it came back to haunt them later in life.