Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages

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McFarland, Apr 4, 2014 - Social Science - 336 pages
The story of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the most famous in Greek myth, and its development from the oldest layers of Greek mythology down to the modern age encapsulates the dramatic changes in faith, power and culture that Western civilization has seen over the past three millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Classical Age, from the medieval world to today, the Jason story has been told and retold with new stories, details and meanings. This book explores the epic history of a colorful myth and probes the most ancient origins of the quest for the Golden Fleece—a quest that takes us to the very dawn of Greek religion and its close relationship with Near Eastern peoples and cultures.
 

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While the stories of Jason, Medea, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece don't have the fixed canonical status of those around Achilles or Odysseus, they are nevertheless ubiquitous in classical ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
Introduction
Origins
The WorldofMyth 2 Mycenaean Greece
Development of the Myth 3 The God The First Jason Stories
The Making of an Epic
From Hero to Human
The Myth inContext 6 The Archetype Heroes and Villains
The Descent into the Underworld
Magic Monstersand the Golden Fleece PartFour The Afterlife of theMyth
The Middle Ages andthe Renaissance 10 The Star Jason in the Modern World
Scholarly Investigations and Theories 12 The Astronaut Jasonin Outer Space
Conclusion
Chapter Notes
Bibliography List of Names and Terms

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Jason Colavito is also a frequent contributor to Skeptic magazine, and has earned praise from Archaeology magazine for his archaeology writing. He lives in Albany, New York and can be found online at www.JasonColavito.com.

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