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Jason and the Golden Fleece [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This program explores one of the oldest stories in all of Greek mythology. Michael Wood traces the route of Jason and his famous boat, the Argo, from Greece to Turkey and modern-day Georgia. It begins in the town of Volos in Greece-where King Pelias feared Jason a contender to this throne and sent him on the impossible mission to the kingdom of Colchis on the Black Sea to retrieve the magical Golden Fleece. Similarly, Wood travels by boat to the Greek islands and Turkey, where he discovers whole communities of Pontic Greek-still living and speaking Greek in contemporary Turkey. Are they the hangover from hordes of ancient Greeks pushing east and exploring the Black Sea? Was the myth inspired by this exploration? In the end, in the remote region called Svaneti, Wood finds the true source of the myth: tribesmen have for centuries panned for gold in the river using sheep's fleece.
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60 min.
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7 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 23, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
In search of myths and heros (Television program)
In Search of Myths and Heroes, with Michael Wood
In Search of Myths and Heroes
  • Sponsors: Jason and the Golden Fleece (0:19)
  • Introduction: Jason and the Golden Fleece (1:41)
  • The Beginning Jason's Story (1:53)
  • Myth or True Stories? (2:21)
  • The Story Continues With the Task (2:47)
  • Archeological Verification of Mythylogical Places (2:17)
  • Jason's Ship - the Argo (2:00)
  • Jason's Famous Crew (2:13)
  • Jason's Weakness for Women (2:02)
  • The Lemnos of the Greek Myths (2:59)
  • Jason Readies to Set Sail (2:05)
  • Istanbul, the Ancient Crossroads (1:20)
  • Passing Through the Bosphorus (2:50)
  • The Gift of the Golden Fleece (2:51)
  • Local Insight Into the Jason Myth (2:23)
  • Reaching the Edge of the World (2:20)
  • Searching for the City (2:57)
  • A Dangerous City (2:31)
  • Finding Traces of the Myth (2:25)
  • Jason Retrieves the Fleece (2:46)
  • Golden Fleece Myth Lives On (1:44)
  • Retrieving the Golden Fleece (1:34)
  • Jason's Journey Home (2:48)
  • Medea's Revenge (2:10)
  • Jason's Destiny Fulfilled (1:19)
  • Credits, Additional Resources, & Sponsors (1:13)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2005.
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  • 44318s Films Media Group
  • 44322 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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