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As part of my Greek mythic figures, places, and things theme, my “J” post is all about Jason!
Nope, not this guy.
And, sadly, not this guy either. Lord knows I want to fill this post with pictures of Jason Momoa…
It’s this handsome stud above.
Who is Jason?
Born to King Aeson of Ioclus (in Thessaly), and his mother, though she isn’t named as often as King Aeson, from one source she’s called Alcimede. Well, the mother doesn’t play an important role. It’s King Aeson who does…
When Jason was a baby, King Aeson’s half-brother, Jason’s evil uncle, Pelias, usurped his brother, the rightful heir, from his throne. Killing all of Aeson’s other children, Pelias imprisoned his brother and ensured known of Aeson’s blood could seize the throne and rule from him.
Afraid for baby Jason’s life, Aeson has him whisked away to be raised by the centaur, Chiron. While Chiron played the role of nurturer well and safely reared Jason to adulthood, Pelias consulted an oracle who told him that a man with one sandal would end his rule.
Jason’s Journey Home:
Jason was returning home, finally, hoping to reclaim his inheritance. On his way home, Jason meets an old woman wanting to cross a river. He helps her cross, not at all thinking her to be Hera, Queen-goddess of Mt. Olympus.
You see, Hera had her own personal grudge against Pelias. He had honored all Olympian gods, except her. Feeling slighted, she decided to aid Jason in acquiring his rightful place at home.
While helping her cross, Jason loses a sandal. Lo, he’s the man the oracle spoke of unseating wicked King Pelias.
When Jason appeared before his uncle for a sour family reunion, King Pelias promised to give him the throne, his inheritance, so long as Jason could retrieve the Golden Fleece from the island of Colchis for him. Pelias felt it an impossible task, one that would keep Jason from taking the throne.
Hunt for the Golden Fleece:
Jason enlisted a bunch of heroic souls to help man his ship , the Argo, on this adventure for the Golden Fleece. Hence, Jason and his men were called the Argonauts. Neat tidbit: “It is said the Jason’s journey was one of the first longest voyages of its times.” (source)
One of those under Jason’s leadership was Hercules, probably the pre-Labors Hercules.
Their first stop was the island of Lemnos, where the women were cursed by Aphrodite to slaughter all their menfolk. The Argonauts stayed a while – long enough to get jiggy with it and leave all the island’s eligible women with children.
Next was Doliones, where the island’s inhabitants greeted them with friendliness. But when the Argonauts lose their way and land on the island a second time, the island folk of Doliones confuse them to be enemies. They attack, and the Argonauts have no choice but to defend themselves.
After Jason and his Argonauts win, they bury the slain with much remorse.
They move on to Thrace, where the Thracian King, Phineus, is being plagued by Harpies. In one version, Zeus has sent the Harpies to steal food every day from the kingdom. And in another version, the Harpies are sent to kill Phineus himself by the sun god, Helios.
No matter the version, Phineus is delivered from the wrath of the Harpies.
Grateful, King Phineus directs Jason toward Colchis and the Golden Fleece. The Argonauts would have to cross the cliffs of Symplegades, or the Clashing Rocks. These rocks shifted and crushed anything that tried to move between them. However, Phineus suggested Jason release a dove. If the dove passed through unharmed, Jason, his crew and ship could pass unharmed as well.
The dove flew through the Clashing Rocks, and Jason and the Argonauts safely followed along, finally landing in Colchis.
In Colchis, they’re greeted by its King Aeetes. Upon learning Jason’s purpose for being there, King Aeetes tasks Jason and the Argonauts with three trials – the prize being the sought-for Golden Fleece.
Medea Breaks Out:
With the help of Hera, and her persuasion of Aphrodite, King Aeetes’s enchantress daughter, Medea, falls in love with Jason and helps him persevere through the tasks. With the tasks completed, Medea flees with the Argonauts off of Colchis.
Only their exit is WAY less cooler as when Medea’s brother tries to stop them, she kills him.
This angers Zeus. They are driven off course by the volatile winds Zeus sends their way. Landing on the island of Aeaea to be purified by the Circe nymph, the Argonauts, Jason and Medea are cleansed of the sin.
Setting sail for home again, they’re met by the Sirens who want to crash their ship with their beautiful voices. Orpheus saves them there by playing lyre over their enchanting voices.
Then they approached the island of Crete, where Talos’s, a giant, bronze man protected Europa, Zeus’s lover, from anyone wanting to do her harm (i.e. pirates). Talos threw rocks at the Argo. Knowing that Talos had one weakness: a single blood vessel plugged up to keep ichor, his divine blood, in his body. Medea cast a charm that gave her time to unplug that vein and leave Talos to bleed out. (Talk about cruel!)
Now when they finally land on Ioclus with the Golden Fleece for false King Pelias, there are two versions of what happens:
King Pelias killed his brother, Jason’s father, Aeson. Medea, angry for Jason, murders Pelias. She promised Pelias youth with her potions, and she instead brews a poison.
Jason’s father, Aeson is alive, but aged…and maybe even close to his death bed. Medea brews a magical remedy to give him some extra years of life (and better health). When King Pelias comes knocking for the elixir of youth, Medea tricks him into taking a lethal poison.
As you can see, in both versions Medea still ends up killing Pelias.
Jason Still Without His Kingdom:
Driven out of Ioclus by Pelias’s son, Jason and Medea seek refuge in Corinth with King Creon. There Jason forgets his vows and love for Medea as he grows infatuated with Creon’s daughter, Cruesa.
Not sure when Jason and Medea had children, but Medea kills their sons in a fit of rage, and she sends Cruesa a dress (or veil, depending on the version) that is laced with evil magic. When Cruesa dons the article (dress or veil) it sets aflame, sticking to her skin and forcing her to plunge to her death down a well.
Her father, King Creon, dies as well, catching on fire when he tries to put the flames out.
Jason Loses Hero Status:
Jason, meanwhile, loses Hera’s favor when he broke his vows to Medea. He ends up growing old and alone. If he ends up regaining his throne in Ioclus, he’s still alone and accursed.
Years later he’s killed while sleeping on his old, decaying ship, the Argo, when it collapses on him.
MORAL: Don’t cheat. Talk it out, and at least give the other person a fair warning if you plan to leave the relationship – especially if you’ve voyaged together and killed a bunch of people along the way for one another. Kinda makes it all pointless, doesn’t it?
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