Monday, December 15, 2008

Mythology continued....

Ok. lol. Now that I have your undivided attention- had a little "Kelly" moment there with the soda- I would like to tell you about a book I'm reading in English Class.
I don't bother to tag my posts since there aren't really that many and because nobody, unless mentioned in comments by someone other than Unionhawk, cares that much about this blog.
Mythology of the Greeks: MYTHOLOGY, Timeless tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton is the wonderful book I'm currently reading. After finding out how Earth and Heaven bore the Mortals from the deaths of all the monsters and after the tales of the Titans, I was sure that it would end somewhere. Apparently not so, my jolly scholar!!! There are still more laughs and cries to be had with more tales of Dionisys and Demeter, and the adventures of Jason & The Argonauts. The Argonauts are other adventurers who also boarded the same Argo ship that Jason guided. Here's a brief summary of this story- remember to give me credit if you use this on a report- Jason, the son of a King named Phrixus is secretly hidden until another nastier king arises. This king, named Pelias, was warned by an oracle of the boy who would eventually lead to his downfall as king. Pelias saw the man who said, "...they call me by the name of Jason". Pelias at once told of how Phyrixus' bidding was to bring the Golden Fleece that rescued him at one time- back to the capital of the kingdom, so that his soul may be returned to his home. Jason was overwhelmed with joy at the idea of great adventure. He made his name known throught Greece for the journey he was about to go on. Once many of the great adventurers- including Hercules and Orpheus- heard of him, they joined forces with Jason and boarded a ship that was called the Argo, therefore becoming the argonauts.
Many of these Argonauts were heroes that were courageous and fearless in the face of death and damnation. Most of them wanted to drink with thier comrades the peerless elixir of valor. AND SO BEGAN THE ADVENTURES OF THE ARGONAUTS.

Thier first encounter was with some of the Harpies. After meeting an old man who was plagued by Zeus. the old man was gifted with the ability of Foresight and this displeased Zeus, who liked to wrap whatever he was doing in a cloud of mystery.
Every day the old man would be plagued by these vicious monsters and RIGHT BEFORE he ate, they would come down and eat ALL OF HIS FOOD. The Argonauts gave him food and this time when the Harpies came down, the two brothers (sons of the North Wind, Boreas) followed the Harpies away and would have slaughtered the bird-monsters completely if a rainbow messenger-goddess hadn't come down to tell them that these things would never harm or annoy the old man anymore.

After making it through the crushing rocks and the Symplegades like the old man told them to, these warriors of adventure set thier sights upon the city which help the Golden Fleece......
....After they had met with King Aetes and Cupid had shot the princess Medea in the heart with a quiver of love when she saw Jason. At that, they ate with the king and as jhe listened he didn't like them any more than Greeks liked foreigners. These heroes bargained that they would conquer his enemies or do anything he wanted from them in return for the Golden Fleece. Jason had to konquer two Bulls, plow a field with thier horns and then throw the teeth of a Dragon into the plows, from which a band of armed men would spring and then Jason would have to kill them too.
Jason did this, with the help of Medea's magic ointment which made anyone who wore it invincible for a day, and went off to get the Golden Fleece.
Jason and his band of heroes then went to the temple that held the Golden Fleece and the girl who fell in love with him lulled the serpent to sleep as they took the Fleece. Some say that- the king sent her brother after them- Medea struck him down and others say that he was killed by Jason when Medea told Apsyrtus that se would meet him under a tree.
That's all for now.
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