4Not long before Jason was born, a greedy uncle named Pelias seized the throne from Jason's father, throwing the good king in jail.
5When the king's wife gave birth to Jason – the rightful heir to the throne – she worried that Pelias might kill him and decided to hide the baby.
6Pretending that Jason had died, she sent him far from Iolcus to live with a loyal centaur named Chiron. Chiron cared for and tutored Jason. Jason grew strong and smart.
7And when Jason was full grown, he went back to Iolcus to confront his uncle.
8To Jason's surprise, Uncle Pelias agreed to give up the kingdom if Jason would do just one little thing: capture a golden fleece – the skin of a magical ram – from the Kingdom of Colchis, a land at the very farthest reaches of the known world.
9Impossible? Maybe. But buoyed by youthful confidence and the spirit of adventure, Jason accepted the challenge.
10Pelias was sure that Jason would never return to Iolcus alive Pelias was sure that Jason would never return to Iolcus alive. But Jason knew that with perseverance, a team of talented helpers, the best tools and equipment, and a bit of good fortune (or help from some friendly Greek gods), the impossible might just be possible.
11So Jason sent out a call to anyone game for adventure, and the bravest and most talented men and women in all of Greece – including the strong man Hercules – answered his call.
12Together they sailed off in a mighty ship called the Argo, the biggest and best boat the Greeks had ever sailed.
13The crew members were called Argonauts, in honor of the boat.
14They sailed to the ends of the known world to reach the Kingdom of Colchis.
15On their long journey, Jason and the Argonauts made many discoveries and faced many dangers.
16Jason and the Argonauts had to do battle with the dreaded Hydra in their quest for the magical Golden Fleece..
17They arrived at the kingdom where the golden fleece was . They arrived at the kingdom where the golden fleece was. The king did not want to give up the fleece. And so he thought of an impossible task for the Argonauts to perform. They had to fight an army of skeletons.
18After many adventures and all-but-impossible feats, they did capture the golden fleece.
19Jason returned to Iolcus to save his father – and to tell tales of a world beyond Greece that few had dared to explore.
21Pictures downloaded from the following web sites: Greek Mythology Link MIT Wikipedia bama.edu A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry and Symplegades: The Other World: and Howard David Johnson’s Myths and Legends of the Ancient World:
22Story adapted from the JASON Foundation web site: http://www. jason