Jason the Argonaut
By Robbie Zhang

Why was he an Argonaut?
His Uncle Pelias took the throne of Iolkos which rightfully belonged to his father Aeson. On the way to the palace Jason comes across an old woman who is actually the queen goddess Hera who needs help across a river. Jason helps the ‘’old woman’’ but loses a sandal in the river, and unknowingly gains Hera’s favour. When Jason arrived Pelias was scared because an oracle prophesied that a man with only one sandal will take back the throne. Scared Pelias said that he would give up his kingship if Jason where to retrieve the Golden Fleece with magical healing powers. So Jason assembled a band of 50 heroes to go to Colchis and retrieve the fleece. Jason was the founder and leader of the Argonauts. They had a boat named the Argo built by Argus thus the name Argonauts.
The Argo

After many adventures Jason finally arrives in Colchis and asks King Aetis for the fleece because it originally belonged to his ancestor. Reluctant, he tells Jason he will give him the fleece if he were to yoke fire breathing bulls, plough and sow a field with dragon teeth, and defeat the warriors that would raise from the furrows these tasks would be impossible for a normal mortal. Worried Hera asked Aphrodite the goddess of love to make Aetis’s daughter Medea whom is also a powerful sorceress to fall in love with him. In love with Jason Medea gives him a potion that makes him strong enough to complete the impossible tasks but only if he marries her. Surprised when Jason comes back alive Aetis tells him that he will have to kill a dragon who guards the fleece. With Medea’s help Jason is able to get back the Golden Fleece.
In Iolkos Medea sees that Pelias is still alive and with her daughters kills him. Jason becomes king but the locals are uncomfortable with Medea’s magic and drive them out. They exile to Corinth the king offers Jason his daughters hand in marriage and agrees breaking his vow to the gods to only love Medea. Medea kills the woman with a poisoned gown. Back in Iolkos as a beggar Jason is killed by a decaying plank of the Argo that is on display

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