The Argonautika: The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Pelias devise a challenge for Jason?

Pelias devises a challenge for Jason because he fears Jason. Pelias knows of a tale where a man with one shoe will be his downfall. Jason reaches Peilias's palace after losing a shoe in the mud, and Pelias believes that Jason is the one from the prophecy.

2. Why is the ship the Argo so special?

The ship is special because it was built by Argos with the help of Athena.

3. What is the history of Orpheus?

Orpheus is the son of Kalliope and Oiagros. Orpheus has a special ability with the lyre. The music that he plays, along with his song, is bewitching.

4. Why are the Argonauts chosen to sail with Jason?

The men who are called to sail with Jason are all heroes. All of the men are descendants of the daughters of Minyas. It is for this reason that they are called to be the Argonauts.

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