Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages

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About the Book

The story of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the most famous in Greek myth, and its development from the oldest layers of Greek mythology down to the modern age encapsulates the dramatic changes in faith, power and culture that Western civilization has seen over the past three millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Classical Age, from the medieval world to today, the Jason story has been told and retold with new stories, details and meanings. This book explores the epic history of a colorful myth and probes the most ancient origins of the quest for the Golden Fleece—a quest that takes us to the very dawn of Greek religion and its close relationship with Near Eastern peoples and cultures.

About the Author(s)

Jason Colavito is also a frequent contributor to Skeptic magazine, and has earned praise from Archaeology magazine for his archaeology writing. He lives in Albany, New York and can be found online at www.JasonColavito.com.

Bibliographic Details

Jason Colavito
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 336
Bibliographic Info: 35 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7972-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1566-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface  1

Introduction  3

Part One: Origins

1. The World of Myth  14

2. Mycenaean Greece  33

Part Two: Development of the Myth

3. The God: The First Jason Stories  54

4. The Hero: The Making of an Epic  75

5. The Man: From Hero to Human  98

Part Three: The Myth in Context

6. The Archetype: Heroes and Villains  128

7. The Traveler: The Descent into the Underworld  146

8. The Occultist: Magic, Monsters, and the Golden Fleece  169

Part Four: The Afterlife of the Myth

9. The Knight: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance  194

10. The Star: Jason in the Modern World  215

11. The Symbol: Scholarly Investigations and Theories  236

12. The Astronaut: Jason in Outer Space  259

Conclusion  277

Appendix: Selected List of Argonauts  285

Chapter Notes  287

Bibliography  311

Index  323

Book Reviews & Awards

“thorough and engaging…entertaining and informative…a rich compendium of materials”—Library Journal; “If I had to reduce my entire Argonaut library to one single book, Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages, published by McFarland would undoubtedly be the tome I would choose to keep”—Hercules Invictus; “solid research”—ProtoView.