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Jason landing in Colchis - as depicted in a 17th-century painting.

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Jason ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; Greek: Ἰάσων{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} Iásōn) was an ancient Greek mythological hero who was famous for his role as the leader of the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. He was the son of Aeson, the rightful king of Iolcos. He was married to the sorceress Medea. Because he belongs to mythology, he may have existed before the Greek Dark Ages (1100–800 BC.) The people who wrote about Jason lived around 300 BC.

Jason appeared in various literary works in the classical world of Greece and Rome, including the epic poem Argonautica and the tragedy Medea. In the modern world, Jason has emerged as a character in various adaptations of his myths, such as the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts and the 2000 TV miniseries of the same name. Jason is also the main character in the British TV series Atlantis.

Jason has connections outside the classical world, being the mythical founder of the city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.


Jason sections
Intro  Early years  The Quest for the Golden Fleece  The return journey  In literature  Popular culture  Notes  See also  References  External links  

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