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 legendary crew including many of Greece's greatest heroes such as Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, Telamon, and the twins Castor and Pollux. With this band of heroes 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 man, the sleepless dragon that guarded the fleece, and of course the fickle will of the gods of Olympus.
Dr. Neil Smith retells this classic myth, examining its origins, its history, and its continued popularity. The text is supported by numerous illustrations both classical and modern, including numerous artwork plates especially commissioned for this work.
About the Author
Neil Smith is a freelance writer living in Virginia 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. The author lives in Virginia.