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Title: Jason, Medea,


1
Chapter 24
  • Jason, Medea, the Argonauts

2
Why is this story popular?
  • perhaps in origin, a jolly good hero-worshipping
    yarn
  • reflects Greek interest in exploration (a la
    Odyssey)
  • group adventure story (a la Troy stories)

3
Story -- bare bones
  • Jason, a hero from Thessaly, with a band of
    variously powered heroes sails to a far distant
    land to recover the Golden Fleece. He does this
    with the help of a beautiful princess, whom he
    marries.

4
Story changes -- role of Medea
  • Medeas role in the story grows, with the result
    that Jason appears almost unnecessary -- he lacks
    the power of his shipmates and needs Medea to do
    most of the work in accomplishing his ends
  • she becomes a love-sick young woman with great
    power when spurned, theres hell to pay

5
Heroes on the expedition
  • Jason -- son of Aeson, rightful heir to throne of
    Iolcus -- leader, pretty boy
  • Argus -- the builder of the Argo (Swift), the
    first Greek ship
  • Hercules -- greatest of Greek heroes
  • Hylas -- his young friend
  • Castor (master horseman) Polydeuces (boxer) --
    the Dioscuri

6
Heroes on the expedition (contd)
  • Euphemus, son of Poseidon, fast runner
  • Lynceus, son of Aphareus of Messenia - vision
    powers
  • Orpheus, son of Apollo, master musician
  • Zetes Calais, sons of Boreas, can fly
  • Also w/ Peleus, Telamon Meleager

7
Hera
  • angry at Pelias, king of Iolcus, for
  • not worshipping her
  • violating her temple by killing Sidero, his evil
    step-grandmother
  • for Jason, or is she?
  • he carries her across the river loses a shoe

8
Mission Get Golden Fleece
  • Pelias hopes that Jason will never return
  • Jason gets together greatest crew and has ship
    built
  • Argo has special beam from Dodona oak -- can talk
  • why the Fleece?
  • part of family history

9
Isle of Lemnos
  • what happens if you dont worship Aphrodite
  • hey, sailor, new in town?
  • Jason falls for Hypsipyle -- promises to be true
  • Hercules Hey, guys, remember the mission?

10
Boxing match
  • Amycus, king of Bebryces, issues challenge
  • Polydeuces accepts
  • great description of the fight in Apollonius
    Argonautica

11
Phineus, the Harpies the Clashing Rocks
  • Harpies the Snatchers -- take food and spoil
    rest
  • Zetes Calais chase them off
  • Phineus tells their future (up to a point)
  • Dove test on Clashing Rocks

12
Colchis
  • Aeetes you can have fleece, if you pass a few
    tests
  • fire-breathing partly iron bulls
  • army sewn from dragons teeth
  • Handsome Jason has ace Medea

13
Getting Fleece
  • Medea puts dragon to sleep
  • Pursuit by Aeetes stopped
  • Apsyrtus killed (whodunnit?)

14
Travel to Iolcus
  • sort of an Odyssey like voyage -- all around the
    known and unknown world
  • see p. 633 for map

15
Return to Iolcus
  • Pelias kills Aeson Promachus Polymede commits
    suicide
  • Medea makes soup from Pelias
  • even in the ancient world, they had crazy
    rejuvenation schemes
  • Acastus becomes king -- Jason on the out

16
Corinth
  • Medea not real popular (too strange)
  • Jason sees way to political power -- marry
    Creusa, Creons daughter
  • Medea doesnt see it as good plots revenge
  • special negligee crown -- hot stuff
  • Medeas children killed
  • Medea gets away

17
The end
  • Jason gets beaned from a beam
  • Medea marries Aegeus of Athens, tries to kill
    Theseus, leaves and ends back in Colchis where
    she regains throne for herself or father

18
Lets look at art
  • Red figure vase of Jason dragon (p. 627) --
    some hero
  • Medea by Eduardo Paolozzi (1964) (p. 635) -- when
    radiators go bad!
  • Red figure vase of Medea Leaving Corinth (p. 636)
    -- largely shows final scene of Euripides Medea
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