Today, we continue our week-long celebration of today’s release of Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan, a companion novel to the Percy Jackson series — which this year is marking 10 years in print! Each day this week, we’re bringing you a little more in-depth information about Greek mythology — and a unique chance to win a Percy Jackson prize pack. (Details on that later in this post, so keep reading!) For now, here’s today’s lesson.
This story from Greek mythology — famously retold in various cinematic incarnations — follows Jason and his band of heroes (called “Argonauts,” which was basically a fancy way to name them after the boat they were sailing on, the Argo) on a quest to find the golden fleece.
Why a golden fleece? The short version is it would help Jason reclaim his family’s throne, which had been usurped years earlier by a guy named Pelias. Pelias thinks he’s sending Jason on a suicide mission — and therefore, protecting his throne — but the goddess Hera has other plans, and intervenes just enough to make sure Jason survives the journey.
The 1963 movie version is pretty amusing, if for nothing else than the fabulous stop-motion animation used for the villains, particularly the army of skeletons and the hydra:
Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.
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