Rest up your weary bones and let me regail you of the tale of The Greek Lion, The Trojan Horse – of Jason. Jason The Greek
Jason was born to King Aeson of Thessaly and Alcimede. Or Polymede. Amphinome… Theognete, Rhoeo – possibly Arne or maybe Scarphe… Annnnnyhoo:
Jason’s tale begins when his uncle – his fathers half-brother – Pelias the Power Mad ( aaaaand also quite possibly the son of the sea God Poseidon), decided to take dominion over all of Thessaly by overthrowing his brother.
In the battle that commenced Pelias spared the King but slaughtered all of Aeson’s children and descendants wherever he could find them!
Jason’s mother knowing of the carnage sought to spare her son and so charged her ladies in waiting to cluster around the newborn prince and cry out as if he were still-born and already dead.
Knowing that Pelias would surely kill him should he learn the truth, Jason was sent to the centaur Chiron for education and hero-training…
Did I say Pelias was crazy… oh – he was paranoid too. Worrying that he’d one day be overthrown, Pelias went to the Oracle to ask her of his future. The Oracle told the new King that he should beware a man with one sandal…
Years later, Pelias was holding games in honour of the sea God (and his alleged father) Poseidon when Jason arrived after losing a sandal in the river Anauros – dah dah daaaaaaah! Who would’ve thought, eh?
Jason lost his sandal helping an old woman to cross the river – the old woman who was actually the Goddess Hera in disguise! The plot thickens!! Hera blessed Jason as she knew what Pelias had planned for Jason should he meet him.
When Jason entered the city he was announced as:
“The man wearing one sandal”
Although I think he would have preferred Jason.
Jason, as the rightful king told Pelias: “I am the rightful king.” Pelias, fearing that Jason was telling the truth and unable to disprove it, said to our champion, “To take my throne, which you shall, you must go on a quest to find the Golden Fleece.”
Being the adventurous questy type that he is – Jason happily accepted the quest…