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A Myth about Argonauts is one of the oldest, connected to Kutaisi. In Greek Mythology, The Golden Fleece is regarded to be a golden skinned ram named “Chrisomalis”, the very ram on which Phrixus and Helle flew to the Kingdom of Colchis, by Zeus’s order, to get rescued from their stepmother Ino.

On the way, Helle fell into the sea and since then that place was named after her: Hellespont (now Dardanelles Strait). Phrixus reached the Colchis and sacrificed the ram to Zeus and gifted his golden skin to the King.

Golden Fleece became the symbol of welfare for The Kingdom of Colchis. The king of Thessalia - Pelia offered the throne to his brother Jason in return of Golden Fleece. Jason chose the most courageous men of Hellados, built the ship “Argo” and after a long and dangerous trip arrived at the River Phasis and Aeëtes Palace in Kutaia (now Kutaisi).

Jason performed the toughest tasks for the Golden Fleece, with the help of Medea – the daughter of Aeëtes, who was a witch and passionately fell in love with Jason, he managed to get the Golden Fleece and returned to Greece with her, but soon he betrayed Medea and married the princess of Corinth, the daughter of the King Creon. Medea prepared a cruel revenge plan on Jason: with the witch-medicines, she killed his wife and her father - the King and hid her two children in the Temple of Hera.

There also exists another version of the myth, according to which Medea even killed her two children for the revenge and there is one with the happy ending, where Jason and Medea reconciled, returned back to Colchis and lived happily ever after.

Lorenzo Costa 001       MS Argonautai route       Jason and Medea John William Waterhouse
                 

 

 

 

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