The Quest of the Golden Fleece
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¨The tale of the Golden Fleece begins with a Greek king named Athamas, who got tired of his wife, put her away, and married another, the Princess Ino. ¨ (Hamilton 123)
The kings son named Jason ¨had been sent secretly away to a place of safety, and when he was grown he came boldly back to claim the kingdom from his wicked cousin.¨ (Hamilton 124)
Pelia gave a task to Jason and it was to¨bring back the Golden Fleece and thus bring back his spirit to his home.¨(Hamilton 124)
Jason accepted the quest to find the Golden Fleece and had some help, ¨Hercules, the greatest of all heroes, was there; Orpheus, the master musician; Castor with his brother Pollux; Achilles’ father, Peleus; and many another. ¨ (Hamilton 125)
Jason and his crew first stopped at an island called Lemnos ¨a strange island where only women lived.¨ Hamilton (125)
¨The Argonauts had beached their boat for the night lived a lonely and wretched old man, to whom Apollo, the truth-teller, had given the gift of prophecy.¨ Hamilton (126) That man was named King Phineus who would later give advice on how to pass between the symplegades.
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