The Harpies and the Argonauts

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  • The Argonauts beached there boat on an island that happen to be inhabited by a truth teller named Phineus who Apollo gave the gift of foresight. This displeased Zeus who liked to work in mystery and sent Harpies to swoop down and defile his food. 
  • The sons of Boreas had pity upon him and agreed to help him. The Harpies came to defile his food again but sons of chased them and struck them with their swords. Before they killed the Harpies Iris told them that they would never again trouble Phineus
  • After leaning of this Phineus and the Argonuats had a large feast throughout the night. He gave them wise advise and the dangers of the clashing rocks. He said to make a trial with a dove. If it made it through they could proceed but if not they would have to give up all hope on the Golden Fleece.
  • The next morning they left. when they came in sight of the rolling rock the let the dove free. It came out safe only the tips of its tail feathers being caught between the rocks.
  • They went after the dove swiftly. The rocks parted and the rowers put in all of their strength. The Argo like the dove made it out safely only having the extreme end of the stern ornament was shorn off by the rock as they clashed back together.
  • Ever since they passed they passed the rocks have been rooted fast to each other and have never more brought disaster to sailors.
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