Princess Theophane was swimming near her home in Thrace. Poseidon saw her, fell in love with her, and took her to an island to keep her safe. The men who wanted to marry her followed her to the island, so Poseidon changed her into a sheep.
Soon, as a sheep, she gave birth to a lamb with pure golden wool. Zeus liked this lamb, so he sent Hermes to take the lamb to Mycenae .
Aeson and Pelias were brothers in the kingdom of Iolcus. Aeson was king; Pelias wanted the kingdom for himself, so he drove out Aeson. Pelias also plotted to kill Aeson’s son, Jason , to keep him from claiming the throne.
Aeson’s friends hear about the plan to kill Jason and whisk him away to the cave of the centaur Chiron . They then go back to Pelias and report that Jason is dead. Pelias is satisfied.
Lemnos: island inhabited completely by women under the rule of Hypsipyle. They killed all the men on the island except her father, whom they stuffed in a box and set adrift. They welcomed the Argonauts, but Jason and his men got out before they could be killed.
Cyzicus: kingdom terrorized by giants from nearby mountains. Jason and his men kill the giants, leave, get blown back into port by a bad storm, fight with the Cyzicans, and kill their king, King Cyzicus.
Cios: stop here to repair an oar broken in a rowing contest between Hercules and Jason. Hercules stays behind after his armor-bearer Hylas is lured away by a water nymph.
Bebryces: King Amycus demanded a fight with anyone who dared to stop in his kingdom. Pollux defeats him.
land of King Phineus: he is blind because of injustices he committed against his sons. Harpies (woman headed-bird monsters) attack and take his food. Zetes and Calais defeat the Harpies; Phineus tells the crew how to get through the Symplegades (crashing rocks).
After getting through the Symplegades using a dove as a decoy, the Argonauts reach Colchis.
Here they meet King Aeetes , who has a daughter, Medea . Aeetes states that for Jason to have the fleece, he must perform a special task. The task is to subdue and yoke two fire-breathing bulls together, then plow a field and plant dragon’s teeth. Jason agrees.
Medea helps by creating a lotion that keeps Jason from being burned by the bulls’ breath.
Oh, did I mention she was a sorceress ?
Jason promises to marry Medea to repay him for her help.
After yoking the bulls, he plants the dragon’s teeth.