Study Guide

Jason: Birth and Early Adventures

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 programmed into our DNA. This story is thousands of years old and yet it's got all the thrills, chills, and daring that gets audiences and readers so excited today.

In this chapter of the life of Jason, we get to see how it all began. Every hero needs some kind of amazing origin story, right? Well, Jason's is right on up there with Superman's exploding home planet of Krypton and Harry Potter's near death at the hands of Voldemort. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the tale of the first days of one of the greatest heroes of all time.

Best of the Web

Jason: Birth and Early Adventures Resources

Websites

Theoi
All hail the unstoppable Greekiness of Theoi.

Jason and the Argonauts
The 2000 TV Miniseries.

Movie or TV Productions

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

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.

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

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

Books

The Argonautica
Click to order the original epic poem.

Comic Book Jason
Check out the graphic novel version of the tale.

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