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Legendary ship ARGO

Greek Monoreme Galley

In Greek legend, Argo was the ship Jason sailed with the Argonauts in quest of the Golden Fleece. Athena supervised the construction of this largest ship ever built and fitted the bow with a speaking timber that could render prophecies, cut from the sacred oaks of Dodona. Jason asks the bravest men to join him by sending his messengers to announce his mission to the world.  His final assembly included Heracles, Orpheus, and other heroes from all over Greece.

According to the legend, Jason’s uncle Pelias had usurped the throne of Iolcos, which rightfully belonged to Jason’s father.  Because of a prophecy that Jason would someday do him harm, King Pelias sent Jason on a seemingly impossible quest to bring the Golden Fleece back from distant Colchis (an ancient country bordering on Black Sea south of Caucasus Mountains; area now constitutes west part of Republic of Georgia.)

On the voyage to Colchis, Jason and his crew of Argonauts became the first humans to pass through the Symplegades (the Clashing Rocks.) They also freed Phineus from the curse of the Harpies. When they arrived at Colchis, King Aeetes demanded that Jason accomplish a series of tasks to get the Golden Fleece: he must yoke a team of fierce, fire-breathing oxen and plow a field with them; then he must sow the teeth of a dragon in the field, and deal with the warlike armored men who sprouted from these "seeds"; finally, he must brave the sleepless dragon who guarded the Fleece. Jason accomplished all these tasks with the help of Medea, Aeetes' daughter, who had fallen in love with him.

After the successful journey, the Argo was consecrated to Poseidon in the Isthmus of Corinth. She was then translated into the sky and turned into the constellation of Argo Navis.

  argo greek ARGO ship  

       


This  ARGO Greek monoreme model features:

- Scratch-built

- Plank-on-frame

- All parts are wooden (teak) and metal
 

With oars on deck: 28"  long x 18" tall x 5.5" wide     $1,200     S & H is $90

With oars deployed: 28"  long x 18" tall x 14" wide    $1,300     S & H is $90
 

 

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