But his story begins in the Kingdom of
Iolcus /aɪˈɒlkəs/ …
Not long before Jason was born, his
greedy uncle named Pelias seized the
throne from Jason‘s father, Aeson,
Pelias’s half-brother to a mortal father.
He threw former King Aeson in priosn.？
When the Aeson's wife gave birth to Jason
– the rightful heir to the throne – she worried
that Pelias might kill him and decided to
hide the baby.
Jason had died,
she sent him far
from Iolcus to live
with a loyal
cared for and
Jason grew strong
Jason was full
grown, he went
back to Iolcus
to confront his
“Beware of a
• He helped a woman across a stream
• She turned out to be Hera in disguise
• He lost a sandal helping the goddess.
• Hera wanted the sorceress Medea
brought from the far-away land of
Colchis to get revenge on King Pelias
for not worshiping her
• She used her powers to help protect
Jason on his journey for the fleece
To Jason's surprise, Uncle Pelias agreed
to give up the kingdom if Jason would do
just one little thing: capture a golden
fleece – the skin of a magical ram – from
the Kingdom of Colchis, a land at the very
farthest reaches of the known world.
Impossible? Maybe. But buoyed by
youthful confidence and the spirit of
adventure, Jason accepted the challenge.
Pelias was adamant that Jason would
never return to Iolcus alive. But Jason
knew that with perseverance, sagacity, a
team of talented helpers, the best tools
and equipment, and a bit of good fortune
(or help from some friendly Greek gods),
the impossible might just be possible.
So Jason sent out a call to anyone game
for adventure, and the bravest and most
talented men and women in all of Greece
– including the strong man Hercules –
answered his call.
sailed off in a
best boat the
honor of the
They sailed to the ends of the known world
to reach the Kingdom of Colchis.
On their long
All their obstacles
• The Women of Lemnos
• Phineas and the Harpies
• The Symplegades –
• Yoke fire-breathing bulls
• Sew the dragon’s teeth
and fight the army of the dead
• Defeat a seven-headed hydra
• Talos the Giant
Isle of Lemnos
• Controlled by woman who
killed their husbands
• Jason landed and all of his
men including him were
• Hercules pressured the men
Phineas and the Harpies
• Gods made Phineas choose to live long
blind, or short life with sight. Phineas
chose long life blind. This angered Helios
who sent in the harpies.
The Sympledges (clashing Rocks)
• Released a dove to see if it could
make it through
• When the dove made it through he
told the Argonauts to row with all
• The Argo made it through with
• Sympledges never moved again
Having defeated the harpies, the clashing
rocks, women of Lemnos, Talus, they arrive
at Colchis, land of the Golden Fleece.
King Aietes did not want to give up the
fleece. And so he thought of two impossible
task for the Argonauts to perform: Yoke fire-
breathing bulls and sew the dragon’s teeth.
King Aietes of Colchis had a
daughter named Medea.
Medea fell in love with Jason
and gave him secrets to yoke
the bulls and defeat the army
of the dead that spring from
the dragon’s teeth.
Actually Medea was struck by
Eros’s arrow of love.
Eros was sent by Aphrodite, who
was influenced by Hera.
With Medea’s help, Jason wins the ram.
Her father discovers her treachery and
Medea sails off with Jason to become his
• Jason and Medea have to flee
to get away from King Aietes
with the Fleece
– As a diversion Medea kills her
brother and throws pieces of him
into the sea so her father has to
pick them up
Jason returned to Iolcus to save his father
– and to tell tales of a world beyond
Greece that few had dared to explore.
• Pelias would not give up the
• Medea sagaciously
convinced Pelias’s daughters
that her magic could make
Pelias young again.
• They chopped him up and
put him in a cauldron as
• Medea said, “Fooled you,”
and walked away.
Their plan backfired
• Instead of being declared king, the people of Iolcus
were angry at Medea for practicing sorcery on their
king, even if they didn’t like him.
• They were chased off the land and floated to Corinth
• In Corinth Jason got engaged to marry the princess
Creusa, daughter of King Kreon
• This made Medea angry…….