When we left Theseus he had just triumphed over the Minotaur and he and Ariatha had successfully fled the island in one of Minos’s black sailed ships – they took refuge on the island of Naxos and there, apparently, the two were married. Let us see how this story ends and how the fates treat our brave Theseus.
So we left Theseus boarding the black-sailed ships with the other tributes, unarmed and defenseless, being taken as sacrificial cargo to a strange land to be sacrificed to a terrifying beast. Let us rejoin our hero and see what will befall.
Theseus has set off on his quest to find his father, but before he takes one step he questions why his father should even want to be found. His answer to this, in true Greek hero fashion, is to do deeds of greatness and win himself renown. Let us check-in and see how that works out for him and how it doesn’t work out so well for others.
The start of our last story in this season’s Greek series: The story of the hero Theseus, King of Athens and slayer of the infamous Minotaur.
When we last left our hero and his heroes, they had just washed up on the shores of Iolcus – exhausted and overcome with emotion to be home again. Jason found his father and Pelias sitting together in the palace, warming themselves by a dead fire, old and near death. Jason’s father is blind and at first doesn’t believe that Jason is who he says he is but Jason convinces him and the chapter ends with the two locked in a loving embrace and Aeson asking Jason never to leave him again.
Jason and his crew, or what remains of it, have absconded with the dark witch Medea (Μήδεια) and the Golden Fleece. Aeites is giving chase, but things are about to get real dark real quick. Hang on to your butts, Satyr family, stormy seas lie ahead.
This week we’re going to witness the building of the ship that will ferry Jason and his crew across the vast seas of Greece and beyond as they set sail on their adventures together. But first, let’s see if the heralds request by Jason from Pelias have any luck in finding his old hero friends.
When we last left our Hero he had just been brought to the home of Chiron the Centaur, wisest of all things under the sun, atop the snowy peaks of Mount Pelion. Let us rejoin him and see what happens when he starts out for Iolcus by the sea with the intention of claiming the throne as the rightful heir to the kingdom. Something tells me it’s not going to go as he plans… if it does, this is going to be a real short series.
It’s finally here! Part I of our six-part series on the Argonauts and their adventure to retrieve the Golden Fleece. This is also the first episode to be recorded in our new home at Acadia Recording Company in Portland, Maine. It is a day for wonderful things!
Our hero is wielding the severed head of Medusa quite effectively since he’s acquired it – sea monsters and aggressive men seem no match for it. Could it be that Perseus will use the head a third time when he returns to Seriphos? Let’s check in and see how Perseus fairs in this final chapter of the story of the Greek hero Perseus.