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By Michael Ford

"Heroes, Gods and Monsters in historical Greek Mythology" is a set of vintage archetypal historical Greek myths, together with the tales of Jason, Perseus, Odysseus, Heracles, Oedipus and Theseus. those tales, that have had an outstanding effect on thinkers during the centuries, tell pop culture even this present day. the following they're informed as though by means of a fireplace storyteller, detailing the bad perils those heroes confronted. An historic creation explains who the traditional Greeks have been, describing their ideals and customs. Footnotes in the course of the ebook outline and clarify tough phrases and ideas. there's a specified index, with pronunciations of adverse names and areas. The textual content is enlivened with black-and-white illustrations, and a map of historic Greece.

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King Aeetes tried to chase Jason down, but Medea betrayed him yet again. She had taken her own brother, Aspyrtus, hostage. In a moment of wickedness, she chopped him into pieces and threw his body into the sea. When the dismembered corpse washed up on the shore, King Aeetes couldn’t go on. He wept for his poor son, and called out his curses to the Gods. NzN TzT jason and the argonauts Talos, Giant of Bronze One God must have heard the king’s lament, because the Argo’s journey back to Iolchus was just as dangerous as the voyage out.

His story was a tragic one. Granted the gift of prophecy by the God Apollo, he had angered the Gods by telling mortal men of their future. As punishment, Zeus had taken away his sight, so that Phineus would always live in complete darkness. To make matters worse, every day Zeus would provide Phineus with a table bursting with fine food: roasted meats, sweet fruits and as much wine as he could drink. But each day, as Phineus sat down to eat, two harpies2 would descend from the sky and steal it all way.

This was no way for heroes to act, and they all agreed to set sail at first light. NzN TzT jason and the argonauts A Tragic Misunderstanding The crew of the Argo next reached the shores of the people called the Doliones, who were ruled by King Cyzicus. The king had heard of Jason’s journey and treated the Argonauts kindly. They moored up in Cyzicus’ harbour and he gave them a fine feast at his palace. Before night fell, the Argonauts embarked again, but soon the sky turned black and a storm descended.

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