Ætes - king of Colchis
Æson - father of Jason
Cretheus - Jason's grandfather
Chiron- centaur who teachers Jason
Pelius - Jason's uncle who usurped the throne
Iphias - female prophet
Alcimide - Jason's mother
Nephele – wife of Athamas
Athamas – father of Phrixus and Helle
Ino – second wife of Athamas, becomes a seagull
Nereus – ancient one of the sea
Hysipyle – queen of Lemnos
Polyxo – Hypsipyle’s nurse
Medea – daughter of Ætes
Apsyrtus – son of Ætes
Chalciope – daughter of Ætes and mother to Phrontis and Melas
Mt. Pelion – home of Chiron and place where Jason was raised
Pagasae – harbor of Iolcus
Iolcus – home of Æson
Salmydessus – home of Phineus
Symplegades – woods around the area of clashing rocks
Myrine – city on Lemnos
Lemnos – island home of Hysipyle
Mariandyni – a land of peoples in the sea of Colchis
Part One – The Voyage to Colchis
I. The Youth Jason
How does the crowd feel about Jason’s return?
7. How does Jason recognize that Æson is his father?
8. How does Æson feel about Pelias' offer?
9. How is Jason tricked into going after the fleece?
10. What does Pelius hope will happen?
11. What does Jason ask his uncle Pelias to make for him? What does PElias offer to do for this journey?
12. Characterize Jason. Do you think he suffers from hubris, or is he simply confident?
IV. The Assembling of the Heroes and the Building of the Ship
13. The following show up and are mentioned from among the fifty men on the ship.
Tiphys (helmsman) and Nauphis, shipmen
Telamon ( eventual father of Ajax)
Zetes and Calais (with wings on their feet)
Argus (master ship builder)
14. Hera sends Jason a dream - what should he do?
15. What does the word Argonaut mean?
16. Who is seen on the boat by Jason?
17. Who arrives late for the journey, but is very welcome?
18. Where do they get the prow of the ship?
19. Do you think it is important that Jason does not hear the prophecy of Iphais?
20. Who decides that they should select Jason for their leader?
21. What does the drawing of lots suggest about seats on the ship?
22. What story does Alcimide tell to the women? (23)
23. What song is sung by Orpheus? Why is it appropriate?
VI. Polydeuces’ Victory and Heracles’ Loss
24. The novel condenses the places they visit. Lemnos is important.
25. Why do they have to pull ashore after the day of no wind?
26. Who is the king of the Bebrycians? (33)
27. What is the law of this land?
28. What happens to Hylas?
29. Do you think there is any truth to the accusation made by Telamon that Jason wants to leave Heracles on the island so as to not compete with him for glory?
30. Who comes to advise Heracles about Hylas?
31. What is the short cut they mean to take?
32. What is the danger from the rocks called “The Clashers”?
33. Why do they go to Phineus?
34. What bargain do they strike with him?
35. Why is it that the brothers Zetes and Calais can follow the harpies?
36. Why can’t they kill the harpies?
37. Phineus advises them to use a bird. How?
38. What if they cannot make it through the Clashing Rocks? What will they have to do?
39. Who dies in the woods of Symplegades?
40. What kind of shipman is Nauplius?
41. What is strange about the people on Lemnos?
42. What does Hypsipyle’s maid Polyxo, adviser her to do about Jason and his men?
43. Why doesn’t Heracles come ashore on Lemnos?
IX. The Lemnian Maidens
44. What do the men of the Argo do while on Lemnos?
45. What is Jason’s problem?
56. Why eventually, doe Heracles get mad?
57. The aside story of Demeter and Persephone is followed by one about Atlanta. Do you see any correlation of these stories to the outer story of Jason and the Argonauts?
X. The Departure from Lemnos
58. The next story of Caster and Polydeuces finishes is of Pandora. What might this suggest to the men of the Argo? How does Heracles interpret it?
59. Who calls them?
60. What does Hypsipyle give Jason as they are parting?
XI. The Passage of the Symplegades
61. How do they use the pigeon to get through the rocks/
62. Where do they make it through to?
63. What does Halcyon mean? (84)
XII The Mountain Caucasus
64. Who do they call upon as they pass the Caucasus Mountains?
65. Why doesn’t Jason want to release Prometheus?
66. Why does he allow Heracles to do so?
68. Whom do the Argonauts pick up in the ship?
69. Who is Medea?
70. What power does she have?