The tale of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the most familiar and enduring Greek legends. In essence, it is a story about a quest - the search for the magical Golden Fleece. However, there is much more to this tale than a mythic mission to find hidden treasure. One of our most interesting ancient accounts of Jason and the Argonautic expedition appears in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius. In this version of the story, Jason and the crew of the ship Argo encounter their share of magic, monsters, and mayhem - and even experience a touch of romance when Jason meets the enchanting Medea.
A list of notable Argonauts:
Atalanta | heroine; she was the only female on the crew of the Argo
Castor | one of the "Dioscuri" (heavenly twins) - his twin brother was Polydeuces
Herakles | the legendary warrior and hero (often referred to by the more familiar version of his name - Hercules)
Jason | leader of the Argonauts
Laertes | a king of Ithaca; father of the hero Odysseus
Melampus | a seer
Meleager | famous for his participation in the Calydonian Boar hunt
Orpheus | poet and singer; his music was so magical that it charmed objects and people
Do you have a specific question about Greek mythology? Then try the Mythography forum!
Jason and the Golden Fleece (The Argonautica)
This translation of the The Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius belongs to the Oxford World's Classics series of books published by Oxford University Press.
Who's Who in Classical Mythology