Study Guide

Jason: Later Adventures and Death

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-do that gets audiences and readers so excited today.

In the final chapter of Jason's story, we get to see the aftermath of his triumphant quest for the Golden Fleece. Will Jason finally avenge his father and defeat his evil uncle? Or will his whole quest have been for nothing? Go forth brave shmooper, but be warned the answer might not be what you suspect...

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Jason: Later Adventures and Death Resources

Websites

Theoi
All hail the unstoppable Greekiness of Theoi.

Movie or TV Productions

Medea 2005
A modernized TV version of Medea's revenge.

Medea 1988
Artsy fartsy director Lars von Trier puts his spin on the story of Medea.

Medea 1983
A TV version starring the famous Zoe Caldwell.

Medea 1969
Opera diva Maria Callas stars as the bitter Medea.

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

Black and White Medea
Check out Judith Anderson plotting some revenge.

Medea in Color
Zoe Caldwell giving Creon some seriously evil eyes.

Medea in Claymation
A truly classic interpretation of the tale.

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 the 2000 TV movie version.

Books

Medea
Get your own copy of the play by Euripides.

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.