Overview

The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and their hunt for the Golden Fleece is one of the most enduringly popular of all of the Ancient Greek heroic myths. Accepting the quest in order to regain his kingdom, Jason assembled a crew of legendary heroes, including Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, and the twins Castor and Polydeuces. With this band of warriors and demi-gods, Jason set sail in the Argo on a journey across the known world.

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Jason and the Argonauts

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Overview

The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and their hunt for the Golden Fleece is one of the most enduringly popular of all of the Ancient Greek heroic myths. Accepting the quest in order to regain his kingdom, Jason assembled a crew of legendary heroes, including Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, and the twins Castor and Polydeuces. With this band of warriors and demi-gods, Jason set sail in the Argo on a journey across the known world.

During their quest, the Argonauts faced numerous challenges including the Harpies, the Clashing Rocks, the Sirens, Talos, the bronze giant, the sleepless dragon that guarded the fleece, and, of course, the fickle will of the gods of Olympus. Filled with magic, monsters, sword fights, and sacrifice, this ancient adventure story is given new life by Neil Smith who also examines its historical context, its classical sources and its enduring legacy.

'Buy it, read it and you'll love it too.' - thegrinningskull

'such a delight... The various stories are brought to life in an truly engrossing fashion and there is a plethora of information to discover.' -theeloquentpage.co.uk'Jason and the Argonauts is a story that I fell in love with the first time I heard it, and Osprey's re-telling brought the magic back once again.' - Comicbuzz

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"...outstanding visual, literary coverage that [does] more than retell a legned..."
- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (June 2013)
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 6–8—These books are similar in format and quality. Both are text heavy, featuring plenty of information on the myths and legends themselves, as well as on the historical and cultural significance of the stories, and both include illustrations drawn from famous works of art as well as maps and reference materials. The images are often stunning, and they lend authority to the in-depth information presented. Dragonslayers uses time periods-ancient, holy, medieval-to provide summaries of various myths. Unfortunately, the myths outside of Europe get little attention. Jason tells the story from start to finish, and this direct, fact-based format make the telling a bit dry, suggesting that the series is better suited for comparison and analysis of a type of myth rather than one specific story. These would be good choices for reports or readers with a serious interest in the subject.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472801012
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 868,270
  • File size: 21 MB
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Meet the Author

Neil Smith is a freelance writer living in Virginia He earned his undergraduate degree in Classics and Medieval History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1996, then moved to the United States where he studied for his Master's Degree in History at the University of Georgia. After working in student-advising for six years, Neil left to pursue his PhD in History. He achieved that goal in March 2011. Along the way, Neil has written business school case studies and has over 65 wargaming articles to his credit. The author lives in Virginia.
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