Jason and the Golden Fleece

In Greek Mythology, what are Jason and the Argonauts on a quest to find?
And the answer: Golden Fleece.    
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The myth of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the oldest quest narratives. The quest begins when Jason's half-uncle asks him to retrieve the Golden Fleece — a nearly impossible task — in order to reclaim his rightful throne.

When presented with a task so significant, it's only natural to want the help of a couple of extra heroes along the way. As the story goes, Jason amassed a team of powerful Greek heroes, soothsayers, and demigods to help him claim the Golden Fleece and win back the kingdom. This team named themselves the Argonauts, after their sturdy ship.

Yet the road to the fleece was hardly smooth. By the time Jason and the Argonauts reached the island of Colchis, the home of the fleece, they had fought off plenty of monsters and navigated through many dangerous straits. Jason realized, as they reached their final destination, that he would have to spare his bedraggled team and retrieve the fleece with just a few men.

King Aeëtes was enraged by Jason's claim to the fleece. If Jason wanted his treasure, he would have to prove his worth by facing three perilous tasks. The trials would begin the following day, and Jason was dismissed to prepare. However, unbeknownst to Jason, another member of the royal family was plotting something. Thanks to the encouragement from Jason's guardians on Mt. Olympus, Medea, Princess of Colchis, had fallen in love with Jason. As such, she would do whatever it took to protect Jason from her father.

With Medea's help, Jason easily conquered King Aeëtes' three tasks. However, when Medea and Jason looked to make their escape, Jason delivered a fatal blow to one of the king's advisors— effectively turning the gods against them. Hostile winds blew the ship off course, trapping the crew on the island of Circe.

Find out whether or not Jason ever returned home with his treasure here.


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