Argo, the ship of the Argonauts

The Ship Argo, Reconstruction

In Greek mythology, Argo was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed from Iolcus to retrieve the Golden Fleece. The best source for the myth is Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius.

Construction of the Argo ship left side Athena and Tiphys the pilot in the center. The Ship is build in Pagasae According to Winkelmann the tree represents the forest of Pelion and the building the Temple of Apollo in the region

Argo was built by Argus, son of Phrixus. The Argo had the gifts of speech and prophecy because it was made of oak wood from the oracle at Dodona.

Jason and the Argonauts originate from the city of Argos, capital of Arcadia on the Greek Peloponesse, thus naming the ship after the city.

Bulfinch's Mythology, The Age of Fable: The Golden Fleece

R. J. Clare, The path of the Argo : language, imagery and narrative in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius (Cambridge Classical Studies) Cambridge University Press 2002, ISBN 0521810361


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