by James Hunter

The Argo was the ship, built by Argus with the help of Athena, in which Jason and the Argonauts sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece. It was the largest ship ever built, and its crew included Heracles, Orpheus, and a host of other heroes from all over Greece. Athena fitted the bow of the ship with a speaking timber, cut from the sacred oaks of Dodona in Epirus.

Jason later dedicated the ship to Poseidon on the beach of Corinth. When the journey was completed the ship was placed among the stars.



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