Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Jason, a Greek prince whose father has been driven from his throne. Jason is commanded to regain the throne, but to do so he must bring back the Golden Fleece for the usurper, his uncle Pelias. Jason bravely sets out and brings back the Golden Fleece. Although Pelias refuses to keep his promise, he dies that same night, leaving the throne to Jason.
Pelias (PEE-lee-uhs), Jason’s cruel uncle, who usurps his brother’s throne and plots to kill Jason. When Jason brings back the Golden Fleece to Iolcus, Pelias does not want to fulfill his bargain and give up the throne, but death takes him the same night.
Chiron (KI-ron), a centaur. He is Jason’s foster father and tutor.
Herakles (HEHR-uh-kleez) and
Orpheus (OHR-fee-uhs), Jason’s companions on the quest for the Golden Fleece.
Argus (AHR-guhs), another of Jason’s companions on the quest for the Golden Fleece. He builds the ship Argo for Jason.
Zetes (ZEE-teez) and
Calais (KA-lay-uhs), sons of the North Wind,...
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