Greek Hero: Jason

The heroes of Greek myth are more than human, yet less than gods. However, using their supernatural powers for protection and war, they are and were praised as religious symbols, giving them a demigod-like status. Many of the prominent Greek heroes such as Achilles and Odysseus were involved in the famous Trojan War, in which the Achaeans (Greeks) waged war on the city of Troy after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta.

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Jason was a hero of Greek mythology. He was also the prince of the land of Iolcus, his father was King Aeson and his mother Alcimede. He is the husband of the sorceress Medea. He is often depicted in typical Greek armor and with a weapon, usually a spear. Jason is also associated with the golden fleece that he retrieves from a quest that is uncle, the unlawful and unrighteous king of Iolcus that took Jason’s right as heir to the throne. Jason was a hero of Greek mythology. He was also the prince of the land of Iolcus, his father was King Aeson and his mother Alcimede. He is the husband of the sorceress Medea. He is often depicted in typical Greek armor and with a weapon, usually a spear...

Jason is also associated with the golden fleece that he retrieves from a quest that is uncle, the unlawful and unrighteous king of Iolcus that took Jason’s right as heir to the throne. King Aeson’s brother, Pelias, was driven by power to take control of the kingdom and to proclaim himself as the ‘rightful’ king of Iolcus. Once Pelias managed to detain Aeson, he made sure to kill of of Aeson’s descendents so that there would be no one who could take the throne away from him. Alcimede, in her fear of her son being discovered, sent baby Jason to a centaur by the name of Chiron. It would be Chiron that would raise Jason the be the warrior that earns him a place in Greek myth. Jason was known as a caring and strong young man. Above all else, he was a persistent individual. Once he learned of his right as the song of the true king of Iolcus, he attempted to find ways to get back to Iolcus to claim it. Well trained and prepared for any battle that crossed his path, he made his way back to his homeland. On the way, he was met by an elderly woman who requested that Jason carry her for a great distance. Jason did this with no hesitation, but he did not know that this elderly woman was actually the mother goddess, Hera, in disguise. By accomplishing this deed for the goddess, she was ready to offer her assistance to Jason in any way that she could. Part of this was her own ambition, as she was upset with Pelias and most people because they disregarded her as a goddess and no longer made sacrifices to her. Jason arrives in Iolcus and approaches Pelias in order to regain his throne. Knowing this was Jason’s intention, Pelias sends Jason to retrieve a rare and precious item. This item was the golden fleece. However, Pelias sent Jason on this quest being certain that Jason would die in the process. Jason had the gods and goddesses on his side on his journey, which Pelias did not know. Jason put together a crew that consisted of great heroes, including Hercules (Heracles) and Atalanta. With this crew, he traveled to Colchis the land where the golden fleece was kept. Through trials placed by King Aletes, Jason, with the help of the goddess Aphrodite to woo Medea, the sorceress and daughter of King Aletes to help Jason - Jason was able to overcome the obstacles and returned to Greece with the golden fleece. Jason was restored as king and the relationship that persisted between Medea and Jason is unknown. However, it is said that Jason remarried.