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The Golden Fleece Reissued By Creative Age Press In 1945 As Hercules, My Shipmate, A Novel About The Voyage Of The Argo Written With Ideas On The White Goddess As A Cultural Anthropological Backdrop To The Ancient Greek Tale What The Golden Fleece Really Was A Cloak Tossed To Earth By A Drunken Zeus, A Sheepskin Book Of Alchemic Secrets Or The Gilded Epidermis Of A Young Human Sacrifice Named Mr Ram Nobody Knows But Graves Is Quite Sure That, Whatever The Golden Fleece Was, The Voyage Of Jason His Argonauts Really Happened His Story Shows The Legendary Cruise As One Of The Bawdiest, Bloodiest, Most Boisterous Expeditions Of All Time In I, Claudius Its Claudius The God Sequel, Graves Brought The Teeming Life Of Claudian Rome So Vividly Alive That They Became Bestsellers In The Not So Successful Wife To Mr Milton, His Blend Of Imagination Scholarship Projected His Readers Into 17th Century England The Bedchamber Temper Tantrums Of The Blind Poet Politician With Hercules Shipmates, Graves Becomes An Ancient Greek, Moving Among Demigods Goddesses, Myths Monsters With An Easy Familiarity A Wealth Of Erudite Detail Both Sometimes Seem Too Much Of A Good Thing Atomic Age Readers, Ill Attuned To The Leisurely, Formal Talk Of Myth Age Greeks, May Find Themselves Skipping Some Of The Longer Speeches Most Of The Argo S 50 Oar Crew Were Princes, Each With A Special Talent Gift Of The Gods The Only Woman Aboard Was A Princess Atalanta Of Calydon, A Virgin Huntress Who Could Outrun Any Man In Greece Argus, Who Built The Argo, Was The World S Finest Shipwright Castor Pollux, Sons Of Leda Zeus As Swan, Were Champion Prizefighters Nauplius, Poseidon S Son, Was An Unrivaled Navigator Orpheus Could Make Sticks Stones Dance To His Lyre Hercules Of Tiryns Was The World S Strongest Man He Would Ve Captained The Argonauts Were It Not That In Moments Of Insanity He Murdered Friend Foe Alike Captaincy Devolved On Jason Of Lolcos A Man Nobody Liked Or Trusted, But Who Had A Power Denied To All The Others Women Instantly Fell In Love With Him Even Surly Hercules Agreed It A Quality Worth All The Rest Backed By Divine Blessings Equinoctal Winds, The Argonauts Set Sail On The Island Of Lemnos, Peopled Solely By Women, They Generously Stopped Off To Help Out With Spring Sowing Nine Months Later, 200 Children Were Born, Of Whom No Less Than 60 Were Said To Be The Spitting Image Of Hercules On Samothrace, They Were Initiated Into The Sacred Mysteries The Goddess Of All Being Mated With The Serpent Priapus To Be Delivered Of A Bull Then The Sacred Nymphs Leapt On Them Scratched Bit Until Even Hercules Passed Out Thereafter, The Argonauts Glowed With A Faint Nimbus Of Light The Argonauts Boldly Pushed On Thru The Dread Hellespont Entered The Black Sea To Their Dismay, Hercules Deserted, Summoned Home To Perform Another Of His Mighty Labors Holy Serpents He Growled Tell Me What This Time The Job Cleaning The Augean Stables Didn T Take Long He Stayed Around Afterwards With The Lydian High Priestess Who In Due Time Bore Male Triplets In Gratitude, She Taught Him To Spin, Tying Up His Hair In Blue Braids He Was Crazy About It, Admitting Confidentially He D Always Wanted To Be A Woman The Argonauts Went On Without Hercules Reaching Colchis, Aphrodite Won The Fleece For Them She Made Her Son Eros Wait Behind A Pillar With His Bow Until Handsome Jason Strode Into The King Of Colchis Palace Eros Shot Medea Thru The Heart, The Smitten Princess Helped To Get The Fleece From Her Father S Temple Mythology S Most Famous Voyage Had Reached Its Goal, But Graves Takes 150 Pages To Wind Things Up.

10 thoughts on “The Golden Fleece

  1. says:

    Description THE GOLDEN FLEECE a cloak tossed to earth by a drunken Zeus, a sheepskin book of alchemic secrets or the gilded epidermis of a young human sacrifice named Mr Ram nobody knows But Graves is quite sure that, whatever the Golden Fleece was, the voyage of Jason his Argonauts really happened His story shows the legendary cruise as one of the bawdiest, bloodiest, most boisterous expeditions of all time Did I know that Poseidon was originally god of the forest It does knell a distant bell Cloaked in the depths and the salty mistfew consider Poseidon Phytalmius.Verdant lord, forest king,to him each leaf and bud does sing.Long before wrote thoughtful Homerwas he consort to Demeter.Breathing life upon each branchso lifeless bleakness was thus stanched.Phytalmius, nourisher of plantswho sees the future of each seed,we give thanks to their natureso our people we may feed.Anyway, Poseidon is important to G teborg Gothenburg so this reawakening of scholastic trivia I now find entirely fab I am not a fan of Carl Milles s Swedish Poseidon, he made the face trollishAnother join the dots moment happened when it clicked with me that Cersei Circe Of course John William Waterhouse Circe Offe...

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    The story of Jason and his Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece is well known, but I have never read a version quite as good and with such rich detail as this one by Robert Graves Graves puts Jason in his historical and geographical context, describing the voyage of the Argonauts as they sail from Iolcos along the islands of ancient Greece, past Troy, through the Bosphorus Strait where the Clashing Rocks are, and along the southern coast of the Black Sea towards the land of Colchis in the Caucasus In the course of his narrative, he demystifies many of the myths and mythological creatures he suggests, for instance, that the Cyclops were called One eyed men because they covered one eye to protect themselves from the sparks of their anvils but he leaves all the Gods and Goddesses fully intact Graves also looks into the religious beliefs that gave rise to the Greek deities, and suggests that much of the friction between the tribes in the region was a result of clashing cultures and religions, most notably the worshipping of the Triple Goddess which was threatened by the newer religion of the Olympian Gods.Thanks to the presence of Orpheus and He...

  3. says:

    I never thought I would give up on a book by Robert Graves, but this one I did It is very long because it is quite unbelievably detailed I assume Graves did this as a way of reproducing how the story might have been told orally, but also I think in order to cram in his interpretations of just about every Greek myth you can think of To give one example, in a banqueting hall where the Argonauts are feasting, there...

  4. says:

    Another great classic by Graves, on the mythology of the Argos and the Argonauts, also reads very well like a travelogue.

  5. says:

    Interesting twist of on the Argunauts mithology Probably had siginificant influence on the recent Song of Troy written by McCullough Colleen.The gods play a big role in everything that happens in the book, however they are not as active players as in normal mit...

  6. says:

    This one s a tough read Better have your cliff s notes handy if you want to keep up I was really looking for something with entertainment value This book did not deliver on that front, unfortunately.

  7. says:

    Read this book for the first time when I was sixteen, revisited it some time ago An Epic read I think has never been well crafted as this The story is sublime, the setting quite eery Jason is tough, his Argonauts are dauntless, the language is clean Really enjoyed it.

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    But remember, no lies The dead may speak the truth only, even when it discredits themselves So ends the Invocation that begins Robert Graves The Golden Fleece 1944 , Graves having asked the ghost of Little Ancaeus, the last survivor of the Argonauts, to unfold the whole story of their quest to retrieve from far Colchis the sacred Fleece The account begins years after the famous voyage with the death of Ancaeus, when he tried to live among the Maiden, Nymph, and Mother worshiping people of Majorca, because on his home island of Samos the Triple Goddess had been replaced by the Olympian pantheon Ironically, the priestess who interviews Ancaeus decides that his knowledge of indecent and topsy turvy Greek culture in which, unbelievably, people worship fathers and women are forced to marry men and remain faithful to them and let them ride on top when making love is too dangerous to let loose on her island and so has her Goat men servants stone him to death The conflict between the original Triple Goddess and matriarchal culture of the Mediterranean on the one hand and the Olympians and patriarchal culture of the invading Greeks on the other moves the entire story of the Golden Fleece Readers who can remain patient through a few chapters of such historical context setting are in for a treat, for The Golden Fleece is a bawdy, beautiful, comical, exciting, and violent adventure set in the ancient age of myth, a real ...

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    Want to feel like you are Jason or one of the Argonauts and not just reading a summary Sea voyages aren t always comfortable and neither is this novel but if you want to sail around the Greek world without skipping events, this is top shelf Complete and very human, in ways both good and the bad Get to know the individual Argonauts, and how they were chosen, plus the royal history and family lines I enjoy how everyone is superstitious and mindful of the Gods, but the Gods aren t on stage like party extra s and wallpaper, some are even skeptical of the Gods This is like a Dungeons and Dragons party before there was D D wizard, fighter, musician, thief, and so on In the opening, we have a beautiful tale of Ancaeus at the Orange grove A self contained chapter that carried me back to Antediluvian times It changed my mental ...

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    I read this in a U.S edition entitled Hercules, My Shipmate issued in paperback As I recall now, four decades later, the novel begins with a woman raping a man and continues lustily throughout As a fourteen year old this was quite a new, and captivating, take on the Voyage of the Argonauts previously known to me through Edith Hamilton s The Greek Myths Now, of course, all the sex, none of it explicit, would probably seem quaintly amusing.As in so many of his books, particularly th...

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