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Jason and The Golden Fleece
by Peter Paton

Monday, April 10, 2006
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Jason and The Golden Fleece


" The Greek tale of Jason and the Golden Fleece has been told for 3,000 years. It's a classic hero's quest tale - a sort of ancient Greek mission impossible - in which the hero embarks on a sea voyage into an unknown land, with a great task to achieve. He is in search of a magical ram's fleece, which he has to find in order to reclaim his father's kingdom of Iolcus from the usurper King Pelias. "

 

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Jason, rightful son and heir of King Iolcus

usurped and cheated by your evil uncle Pelios

and saved and nourished at your loving mother's hand

and delivered to the wilderness cave of Chiron the Centaur

where you were mentored and tutored by him 

in the lore of plants, the hunt and the civilized arts

Chiron the compassionate raised you like his own son

and prepared you for the glorious Quest that lay ahead

to reclaim your throne and heritage from the wicked King Pelios

Hera, the Queen of heaven set you the ardous task

that only a Greek hero and warrior could sucessfully accomplish

hatched and designed on lofty Mount Olympus

you passed your first test by ferrying the disguished Oueen Hera

across the wild and stormy torrents

and then set off on the magnificent trail of the Golden Fleece

with your assembled and brave Argonauts

including Heracles the great, and Atalanta the beautiful

you were divinely sponsored by the Goddess Athena

this patroness of crafts, gave you a wise, talking prow

you conquered the wicked women Harpies

and navigated the treachorous waters of the Clashing Rocks

the Goddess of Love Aphrodite rewarded your valour

by making King Aeetes's daughter Medea fall for your charms

her sorcery enabled you to overcome the Fire breathing Bulls

and tricked the Seed Men with psychology

and together in the sacred precinct of Ares, god of war

you's subdued the Dragon in the temple grove

and secured the greatest prize of them all

the mythical Golden Fleece of the Gods

and returned to Greece in triumphant fanfare

Jason and Medea that victorious pair

blessed and honoured by the Gods

you reclaimed your rightful throne

 

Copyright by Peter Paton 2006
Jason and The Golden Fleece
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Reviewed by Paul Williams 4/11/2006
Can I have my Encyclopeadia of Mythology back please? LOl! only kidding Peter...totally loved your take on this popular myth, there may be elements of truth to this myth too...Neolithic peoples in Ireland, and I suspect elsewhere, used to use fleece's to gather gold from streams.

Paul;-)
Reviewed by jude forese 4/10/2006
this one i'm familiar with ... i enjoyed your version of it ... as always, your are a true educator ...
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/10/2006
This is faboulous, Peter; very well done! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/10/2006
Fantastic Peter. I always loved this one. I loved seeing the film Jason and the Arganauts, on our pbs channel, some years ago, also the one Ed mentioned. You did a splendid job on this one just like your religious series. Your knowledge and writing capabilities are a gift you have,and a blessing for us.

Love,
Eileen
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/10/2006
Peter,

Greek history was never so interesting as you've penned it here--this is spellbinding, beautiful work. More, please!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 4/10/2006
You are indeed spoiling us with your wonderful educational writes! Thanks, we love to be spoiled!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/10/2006
Great educational offering Peter!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by totally anonymous 4/10/2006
an impressive write of Greek mythology well done.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/10/2006
Doing a bit of education the unwashed and uninformed, eh, Peter? Educate on . . .
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/10/2006
Oh how much I loved this poem and epic tale! Wonderfully done!

Reindeer
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/10/2006
... Phew!! Reads like a Who's Who of the Ancient World... when men were men and women were... hang on... bet a bloke wrote this tale, right??!!! Funny, thought Jason was a derivative name of Jesus, possibly... but time-wise that don't quite work, do it?! Or it MIGHT if I think cross-culturally. Hmmmm this is just a long-winded way of saying you got me thinking... and knowing that I have an awful lot of studyin to catch up on in your Den. Keep up the education, Peter. I appreciate. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/10/2006
Your knowledge of Greek Mythology is very impressive, my friend - and this is a marvelous poetic telling of this ancient tale. Reminded me of a movie I watched several years ago about Jason's Epic Quest.



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