Argonauts

The crew of the Argo

The Argonauts were a band of heroes in Greek mythology, who accompanied Jason in his quest to find the Golden Fleece, an archetypal hero’s journey. Their name comes from their ship, Argo, named after its builder, Argus.

The first article is a roster of all the Argonauts (crewmembers and heroes) of the Argo. In total, there are almost 100 Argonauts between the different variations of the myth. And the articles further below are descriptions of individual Argonauts.

Peleus and Talamon on the Argo

The crew of the Argo

The crew of the Argonauts varies depending on which version of the ancient myth you are reading. That sounds confusing, but the ancient storytellers were always adding to and embellishing the story, much like the modern superhero sagas.

Mosaic of Orpheus

Orpheus

Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet known for playing the lyre and charming any man or beast and calming tumultuous seas. He helped the Argonauts escape the sirens and pass safely through the clashing rocks of the Symplegades.

An engraving of the Boreads Calais and Zetes drive out the hideous harpies.

Lynceus

Lynceus was renowned for his exceptional eyesight akin to X-ray vision. He played a crucial role in driving out the harpies. Lynceus would eventually be killed by his crewmate Pollux.

Idmon and Mopsus guided by Apollo

Idmon and Mopsus

In the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, Idmon and Mopsus were both seers and could interpret omens and predict future events. Their presence bolstered the expedition’s ability to navigate safely and make informed decisions during their perilous journey for the Golden Fleece. However, they both suffered tragic deaths.

An engraving of the Triton rising out of the sea and handing Euphemus a clod of earth on the Argo.

Euphemus

Euphemus was a Calydonian hunter with the ability to walk on water. He cares for the dove that signals to the Argonauts to charge the Clashing Rocks. He accepts a clod of earth from Triton that is destined to become the island of Calliste (Thera), whence Libya would be settled by his descendants

Zetes and Calais and the harpies

Zetes and Calais

Zetes and Calais were the sons of Boreas, the North Wind, in Greek mythology. They were known as the Boreads, the winged sons of the wind, and were prominent figures in the story of Jason and the Argonauts

Castor and Pollux as the Constellation of Gemini copper plate engraving.

Castor and Pollux

The brief story of Castor and Pollux, the Gemini twins and crew members of the Argonauts.

Theseus fighting the minotaur

Theseus

In some versions of the myth, Theseus is one of the heroes who sailed with Jason on his quest for the Golden Fleece.

Jason and Argonauts skeleton scene Lego

Jason

Jason is a figure in Greek mythology who is best known for leading the Argonauts in a quest to find the Golden Fleece.

Argus building the ship Argo

Argus

In Greek mythology, Argus was commissioned to build the Argo, a ship that was used by Jason and the Argonauts to find the Golden Fleece. Argus was guided by Athena in his construction of the ship.

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