The Golden Fleece
By alk2002, Updated
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King Athamas "got tired of his wife, put her away, and married another, the Princess Ino" (Hamilton 123). Once he remarried, his new wife wanted to make sure her son got the throne and not the previous wife's son. The King's new wife planned a way to kill their first son. There would be no harvest unless the prince was sacrificed.
A ram with a golden fleece came and carried the prince and his sister away. Hermes "had sent him in answer to their mother's prayers" (Hamilton, 123)
King Eetes allowed Phrixus marry one of his daughters. Phrixus "sacrificed to Zeus the ram that had saved him, in gratitude for having been saved" (Hamilton 123). He have the Golden Fleece to the King.
One of Phineas' tips for their journey was to send a bird through the rocks so that they knew how wide it was. The dove "flew through and came out safe" (Hamilton, 127) so the Argonauts went through.
To help Jason along this journey, Hera asked Aphrodite to make Medea fall in love with Jason. "Aphrodite went to Cupid and told him she would give him a lovely plaything" (Hamilton 128) if he did what she wanted. Cupid did so and Medea was madly in love with Jason.
After getting washed up, at dinner, Jason told the King they "sailed from Greece in the hope that he would give them the Golden Fleece in return for whatever service he would ask of them" (Hamilton 129).
We have come for the Golden Fleece.
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