Jason and the Argonauts

Author(s): Neil Smith

Myths and Legends

The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and their hunt for the Golden Fleece is one of the most enduringly popular of all of the Ancient Greek heroic myths. Accepting the quest in order to regain his kingdom, Jason assembled a crew of legendary heroes, including Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, and the twins Castor and Polydeuces. With this band of warriors and demi-gods, Jason set sail in the Argo on a journey across the known world. During their quest, the Argonauts faced numerous challenges including the Harpies, the Clashing Rocks, the Sirens, Talos, the bronze giant, the sleepless dragon that guarded the fleece, and, of course, the fickle will of the gods of Olympus. Filled with magic, monsters, sword fights, and sacrifice, this ancient adventure story is given new life by Neil Smith who also examines its historical context, its classical sources and its enduring legacy.


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Neil Smith is a freelance writer living in Virginia, USA. He earned his undergraduate degree in Classics and Medieval History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1996, then moved to the United States where he studied for his Master's Degree in History at the University of Georgia. After working in student-advising for six years, Neil left to pursue his PhD in History. He achieved that goal in March 2011. Along the way, Neil has written business school case studies and has over 65 wargaming articles to his credit. Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena is a Spanish painter, born in Granada in 1978. He studied Architecture at university and has worked as a cover artist and illustrator for historical publications. Since 2011, when he started working in an animation studio, his professional career has been divided between published works and mainstream films.

The Man with One Sandal /Narrative: Jason and his Mission /Sources for Jason /Greek Mythology: Its purpose and relevance /The Gods: Who were they and what did they do? /The Voyage Out /Preparations: Greek Ships and Jason's Crew /Narrative: Lemnos /Narrative: The Doliones: "real" fighting, Greek arms and armour /Narrative: The Harpies /Narrative: Clashing Rocks /Colchis /Narrative: Jason's 3 Tasks & the Golden Fleece /Jason & Medea / The Voyage Back /Narrative: Sirens /Narrative: Talos /Narrative: Jason's Arrival /Jason's Demise /Narrative: Jason's Betrayal: Euripides' Medea /Jason's Legacy /Jason in Books & Movies

General Fields

  • : 9781780967226
  • : Osprey Publishing
  • : Osprey Publishing
  • : 0.272
  • : March 2013
  • : 248mm X 184mm X 10mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Neil Smith
  • : Paperback
  • : Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena
  • : 398.20938
  • : 80
  • : Illustrations (chiefly col.)