Golden Fleece Allusions In Society

by Nick Rogers

The Golden Fleece

In Greek mythology, the Golden Fleece is the fleece of the gold-hair winged ram, which was held in Colchis. It figures in the tale of the hero Jason and his band of Argonauts, who set out on a quest for the fleece by order of King Pelias, in order to place Jason rightfully on the throne of Iolcus in Thessaly.
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Major allusions associated with the fleece

  1. It represents the forgiveness of God.
  2. It represents royal power.
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The forgiveness of God.

It was believed that if one was worthy enough to have the fleece then they are worthy of the Gods and will be forgiven and almost certainly reserved a spot in heaven.
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The allusion of royal power. (Also the connection to Medea)

This ties into the fleece being a sign of the forgiveness of God. The royal powers like king Pelias knew of the significance of the fleece and that it was a sign of power and having the gods on your side. The people saw the fleece as something so mystical and sacred that only the king should have it.

Other allusions similar to the golden fleece.

The Holy Grail.

There are many different theories on what the holy grail is, most believe it was used by Jesus in the last supper. The grail symbolizes the same things that the fleece symbolizes. It should only be owned by the king and rulers.
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Works Cited

Wood, Michael. "Jason and the Golden Fleece." BBC News. BBC, 17 Feb. 2011. Web. 23 Apr. 2013.