Friday, February 13, 2009

The Story of the Other Jason

"The myth of Jason, the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece."
Mythweb (1997)

"The Early Years

"Jason was the son of the lawful king of Iolcus, but his uncle Pelias had usurped the throne. Pelias lived in constant fear of losing what he had taken so unjustly. He kept Jason's father...."

Sounds like a rather ordinary retelling of the old story about Jason and the Argonauts.

Mythweb's version of the story follows the ancient Greek line, but Joel Skidmore had a some fun here and there with the telling of the tale:

"...Oh, and there was one trifling detail of which Jason should be aware. These bulls were a bit unusual in that their feet were made of brass sharp enough to rip open a man from gullet to gizzard. And then of course there was the matter of their bad breath...."

You might like Mark Fiore's illustrations, too.

I wouldn't use this was a reference for your term paper, but it's fun to read (IMO), and far from the most painful way of getting acquainted with Jason and company.

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