|Jason (1961) [Novel]|
by Henry Treece
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(From the publisher):
A novel which looks beyond the mists of myth and legend to tell the story of the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece in realistic human terms. The hero is the Greek Diomedes, who was called Jason the healer. Diomedes was the living embodiment of the ancient struggle between the worship of the mother—the Goddess, to whom men were only incidental, and the growing Hellenistic belief in the God—the Father principle. This is the theme—the source of Jason's inner conflict and of his tangled affairs with many women.
The story unfolds through Jason's boyhood, his initiation into love, his training as a warrior, his visit to Delphi, where his mission was forecast, and his oath to his mother to kill the usurper Pelias. We see how he was treacherously persuaded to go on a gold-seeking expedition to Colchis and follow him on the stormy voyage of the Argo. At Lemnos, where the Argonauts found no men but many eager women, Jason met the great love of his life, Queen Hipsipyle, who bore him a son. Moving on to the fabled Colchis he attained the Golden Fleece, married Medea, the witch-priestess, and returned to Corinth with her and their two sons. Jason put away Medea, who had become involved with Jason's "twin" Heracles, and was tricked into marriage with the Princess Glauce. The fall of Corinth and the decline of Jason's fortunes followed soon after.
Original title: Jason
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Greece