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  • Hercules, the strongest man alive

  • with a mighty heart to match.

  • Orpheus, charmer of nature and master of music.

  • Castor and Pollux, the twin tricksters hatched from an egg.

  • The Boreads, sons of the North Wind

  • who could hurtle through the air.

  • For untold times these heroes had roamed ancient Greece,

  • creating new legends wherever they went.

  • But none of their adventures was so great as when they joined forces

  • for the sake of a young man named Jason.

  • Years before,

  • Jason’s uncle Pelias had ruthlessly usurped

  • the throne of Thessaly from Jason’s grandfather.

  • When Jason returned to his father’s stolen court,

  • the cowardly king set him a seemingly impossible task:

  • cross the teeming seas to Colchis,

  • and steal the golden fleece of a flying ram

  • under King Aeetesnose.

  • If Jason retrieved the Fleece,

  • Pelias promised to relinquish the throne.

  • Touched by his heroic mission,

  • the Gods spread Jason’s call for help,

  • and soon he had assembled a not-so-motley crew.

  • These heroes,

  • alongside countless sailors, soothsayers, and rebel demigods,

  • named themselves the Argonauts after their sturdy ship.

  • But the path ahead was marked with untold terrors

  • enough to test even the fiercest heroes.

  • Their first stop was Lemnos,

  • an isle of women who had killed all the island’s men.

  • As punishment,

  • Aphrodite had cursed them with a sickening stench

  • but that didn’t stop Jason fathering twins with the queen.

  • The rest of the crew also found themselves embroiled in new romances;

  • until Hercules chastised them for not behaving like heroes.

  • Eventually, they sailed on to the Mount of Bears,

  • an island where a group of ancient, six-armed monsters

  • lived alongside the peaceful Doliones.

  • While the clan welcomed the Argonauts with open arms,

  • the monsters surged down from the mountains

  • and hurled rocks at the docked ship.

  • Hercules held them off single-handedly,

  • before his comrades joined the fray.

  • Bolstered by their victory, the triumphant heroes sailed onward

  • only to be blown back to the island several stormy nights later.

  • In the tempest,

  • the Doliones thought these new arrivals invaders.

  • The Argonauts were similarly unaware of their surroundings,

  • and fought blunderingly in the dark, slaying wave after wave of foe.

  • But the morning light revealed a horrible truth:

  • their victims were none other than their previous hosts.

  • Yet again,

  • Jason had allowed the crew to be distracted,

  • this time at a terrible cost.

  • Ashamed at his conduct,

  • he resolved to focus only on the Fleece,

  • but even this haste proved ruinous.

  • When Herculessquire was abducted by a water nymph,

  • Jason sailed on

  • oblivious to the absence of his most powerful crewmate.

  • The remaining Argonauts continued their quest,

  • until stopping at the sight

  • of an old man surrounded by a swirl of harpies.

  • This was Phineas, a seer cursed by Zeus

  • to endure old age, blindness, and endless torture

  • for giving away his prophecies.

  • Moved by his plight, the wind brothers set upon the flock,

  • providing Phineas with a brief respite from his punishment.

  • In return,

  • the seer told them how to overcome the terrifying trial that lay ahead:

  • the Symplegades,

  • a pair clashing rocks that reduced ships to splinters.

  • But first,

  • the Argonauts would have to maneuver past the mouth of hell,

  • around the island of the bloodthirsty Amazons,

  • and under psychedelic skies.

  • These adventures cost the crew both in men and morale

  • and some feared they might be losing their minds.

  • Upon reaching the clashing rocks, the exhausted crew quaked with fear.

  • But Phineasadvice rang in their heads.

  • The Argonauts released a single dove

  • and sped through in its wake to emerge unscathed.

  • With this narrow escape,

  • the Argonauts finally had Colchis in their sights.

  • Yet while Jason rested and celebrated with his crew,

  • he could feel his time among them was drawing to a close.

  • As the fleece gleamed in his mind,

  • he knew he would have to retrieve it alone.

  • But he could not guess that this final task

  • would have the most horrible price of all.

Hercules, the strongest man alive

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The myth of Jason and the Argonauts - Iseult Gillespie

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/28
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