The Argonautika: The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Book One: Preparation and Departure

• King Pelias, of the city of Iolcus in Hellas, sends Jason and the Argonauts up the straits into the Black Sea in search of the Golden Fleece.

• An oracle warned him that a man appearing before him with one shoe would herald his death.

• Jason, who lost a shoe in the muddy bank of a river, appears before the King confirming his fears about the prophecy.

• Hoping that he will never see Jason again, he sends him off to sea.

• Jason gathers his crew.

• The Argo is primed, equipped, and ready to sail as the crew makes its way to the ship which is banked on the shore called Magnesian Pagasae.

• The townspeople do not support the King's decision to send these noblemen on this treacherous journey and pray for the crew's safe return.

• As Jason readies himself to leave home, he is...

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