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The Golden Fleece

Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Argonauts

Argonauts

The most known Georgian myth is “The Golden Fleece“, the story about King Aieti and his daughter Medea, who had  the skin of ram with golden wool.

Fifty Greek heroes (Argonauts) under Jason, Greek Hero,  set out their quest of the Golden Fleece. Their name derives from their ship name “Argo“. The Greeks were fascinated and enthralled with the gorgeousness and splendor of  Aietes’ palace: its fence, wide gates, tall stone columns adorned with copper merlons,  4 fountains under green vineyard in his yard. Milk gushed forth from one, wine from another, scented oil from the third and water from the fourth which during Pleiades (i.e. at the onset of winter) warmed and at the beginning summer became cool and pure.

Argo and argonauts

Argo and argonauts

Jason was Aieti‘s guest so he lived great until he demanded from Aieti Golden Fleece. Aiet accepted if Jason performed some tasks.He was to face fire-breathing bulls and make them plow the field before planting the dragon’s teeth in the earth. Jason must then defeat armed men that would spring out of the earth he had just sowed. Aieti was confident Jason would never be able to do that, but Medea, daughter of Aieti was in love to Jason and helped him.

So Jason occupied fleece and escaped with Medea. Aieti had no intention of giving Greeks the ram, so Apsyrtus, the son of Aieti,chase them, but Jason defeated army of hosts and went with ram to Greece.

Medea Statue in Batumi

Medea Statue in Batumi