The Argonauts

The Archetypal Adventure

Jason and the Argonauts battling skeleton warriors
Jason and the Argonauts battling skeleton warriors. A scene from the classic 1963 stop-motion movie.

This classic myth is one of the most ancient adventure stories that exist. It chronicles Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece and the restoration of his family’s throne. This archetypal adventure sets the example for the plot of almost all modern stories, and it may even model what it means to be human: to live, to be challenged, to endure, and to make the world a better place.

Perhaps, it is easiest for modern readers to think of the ancient Greek myths as epic soap operas or superhero sagas, always leaving more opportunities for a sequel to satisfy the audience’s thirst for bold adventures and fantastic places. Indeed the story of Jason and the Argonauts has been retold and elaborated upon many times.

Personally, I find it fascinating how this myth has embedded itself in our culture. I recommend you read What is an argonaut? to learn how this myth plays a role in your life. Next, I recommend you read the original Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts or the illustrated kid’s version of Jason and the Argonauts.  

The Embarkation of the Argonauts. A faded renaissance painting by Lorenzo Costa. The ship, the Argo, appears to be floating on a cloud.

What is an Argonaut?

The etymology of argonaut The word “argonaut” (Ancient Greek: Ἀργοναῦται) comes from an ancient tale sung of the strongest and bravest band of heroes ever assembled in Greek Mythology — Jason and the Argonauts (literally meaning sailors of the Argo).

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Scott Stoll logo world traveler. A bicycle wheel and the globe symbolizes Scott's journey around the world on a bicycle.

Visit Scott’s new website

We’ve been making some big changes. Scott has doubled down on his career as an artist, author, adventurer and launched a new website. He invites you to join his new adventures and the discussion about living a meaningful life at ScottStoll.com.

Meanwhile, we will be refocusing this website on the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, which is how our website is now indexed by the internet librarians, i.e. Google. 

Visit Our New Kid-Friendly Website

Because we believe everything is an adventure, and all good adventures start with a dream, in 2018, we published our evidence-based workbook Dream It! and matching website Dreamaplay to teach kids (and adults) how to dream and how to turn those dreams into reality using our easy 3-step formula: 1) Dream it! 2) Map it! 3) Play it!

Dreamaplay.com is full of free, evidence-based resources for kids and their parents, teachers, homeschoolers and health care providers. It was over 4 years in the making and everything was tested in real-world classrooms.

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