Study Guide

Jason and the Golden Fleece

Introduction

There's absolutely no denying it. We. Love. Heroes. Superheroes, super sleuths, crime fighters, young Jedi, determined hobbits, boy wizards—we seriously can't get enough. We totally devour stories about extraordinary people going to extraordinary lengths to do extraordinary things. Whether it's movies, TV shows, novels, or comic books, stories about heroes are big business these days.

Of course, this obsession with heroes is far from a modern thing. Human beings have been hero-crazy for as long we can remember. Just take a look at the tale of Jason, and you'll see the proof that hero-worship is basically programmed into our DNA. This story is thousands of years old, and yet it's got all the same thrills, chills, and double-dog-daring that gets audiences and readers so pumped today.

In this chapter, we hear the tale of Jason's most famous journey. It really doesn't get any better than the quest for the Golden Fleece. This is Epic Quest 101, folks. The story is chock full of horrible monsters, impossible odds, and even a bit of doomed romance. This quest is extra awesome because it's not just one hero dukeing it out with the bad guys—you get a whole team of superheroes. Jason's buddies, known as the Argonauts, are almost as good as the ancient Greek version of the Avengers—if not better. So, full Shmoop ahead—prepare yourself for a distinctly non-boring voyage.

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Jason and the Golden Fleece Resources

Websites

Theoi
All hail the unstoppable Greekiness of Theoi.

Movie or TV Productions

Jason and the Argonauts
The movie from 1963, featuring the amazing stop motion animation of Ray Harryhausen.

Jason and the Argonauts
The 2000 TV miniseries.

Argonautika
In 2006, the epic tale was turned into a play by Mary Zimmerman.

Videogames

God of War II
In this video game, Jason has been eaten by the hellhound, Cereberus.

Videos

Cheesy In a Good Way
Check out the trailer for the 1963 film version of the story.

Hmm... Cheesy In a Bad Way?
The trailer for the 2000 TV movie version.

Books

The Argonautica
Check out the original epic poem.

Comic Book Jason
Peep the graphic novel version of the tale.

For Young Readers
A version of the tale for the little ones.

Images & Artwork (Public Domain)

See Ya, Sucka!
Pelias sends Jason off on the quest for the Golden Fleece, hoping his nephew will die.

Aeson and Jason
Father and son saying goodbye... tissues please.

Hylas and the Nymph
Young Hylas meets the woman of his dreams.

The Boreads vs. The Harpies
The sons of North Wind kick some Harpy tail feather.

Hey Good Lookin', What Ya Got Cookin?
Jason watches as Medea mixes a potion.

Jason Vs. The Dragon
Our hero puts Medea's potion to good use.

Jason as Dragon Food
In this version, Jason takes a tour of the dragon's esophagus before Medea rescues him.

Jason In Stone
Jason looking pretty statuesque while holding the Golden Fleece.

Never Trust a Siren
This sailor wasn't as prepared as the Argonauts when he came across the Sirens.

Circe
One lovely sorceress.

The Return
Jason giving the Golden Fleece to his wicked uncle.

Not to be Confused With...
Our hero's villainous namesake.

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