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Jason and the Argonauts
(7,685 words)

(Ἰάσων, Latin Jason; Αργοναύται, Latin Argonautae)

A. Myth

J., son of Aeson (grandson of Aeolus) and Alcimede (or Polymede), is the leader of the Argonauts (= A.) on the quest for the Golden Fleece. The (false) etymology of his name as ‘Healer’ deriving from ἰάοµαι (iaomai, ‘to heal’) was already current in antiquity. J. is already mentioned in Homer (Hom. Il. 7,467–9; Hom. Od. 11,256 and 12,69ff.) and Hesiod (Hes. Theog. 992–1002), but the most influential versions of the myth are those o…

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Malatrait, Solveig Kristina, “Jason and the Argonauts”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 25 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_ID_0016>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111



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