The Golden Fleece: The Audio Version
The tale of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the great epic stories from Greco-Roman literature and mythology. The subject of this review is the abridged audio version of Argonautika (also spelled Argonautica) which was written by Apollonius Rhodius in the third century before Christ. The story opens with a description of the origin of the Golden Fleece and how it came to rest in Colchis which is located on the eastern edge of the Black Sea. Jason, seeking to attain his rightful place as leader of Iolcus, is sent off to Colchis by Pelias, the usurper; if Jason can complete the difficult task of acquiring the Fleece he will become leader of Iolcus. We then learn about the many heroes who accompany Jason on his quest. The Argonauts go on to visit numerous locations on their journey to attain the Fleece. With the help of the goddess Athena, Jason and his Argonauts safely pass through the Clashing Rocks. With the help of Medea in Colchis, Jason acquires the Fleece and begins the long journey home to claim his kingdom. Narrator Juliet Stevenson capably presents this adventure story which is ideal to listen to in your home or car. A glossary of key people and places in the story accompanies the audio book and is fairly helpful. However, I would have liked a map showing the journey of the Argonauts. Still, this is a great story about the gods and heroes of classical antiquity.