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Jason’s extraordinary voyage on the Argo to find the Golden Fleece

Posted in Ancient History, Heroes and Heroines, Legend, Myth on Saturday, 21 December 2013

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This edited article about Greek mythology first appeared in Look and Learn issue number 500 published on 14 August 1971.

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The Legend of the Golden Fleece by Roger Payne

Jason was the leader of an expedition which set out in a ship called the Argo to find the Golden Fleece. Among the Argonauts who accompanied him were Orpheus and Hercules. After many adventures they came to the Kingdom of Aeetes, who admitted he had the Fleece but refused to give it up unless Jason performed two dangerous tasks. Luckily for Jason, the King’s daughter Medea fell in love with him and, being a marvellous magician, helped him. So Jason and Medea reached the Fleece and he slew the ferocious dragon that guarded it and seized the trophy. Jason and Medea lived happily for ten years, but he fell in love with someone else, which is another legend!

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