Padraic colum 1881 1972 was a poet a playwright and a leader of the irish renaissance but he is best known for his works for children including the children of odin and the golden fleece a newbery honor book. The golden fleece was the fleece of the golden ram that was held in colchis and the object of desire for jason who organised an expedition with the argonauts in order to retrieve it the myth has it that athamas king of the city of orchomenos married the goddess nephele with whom he had two children phrixus and helle. The golden fleece was the skin of a winged ram a holy ram of the god zeus on which the children of king athamas phrixus and helle were saved thanks to zeus interventionaccording to the story the two children were to be sacrificed after their step mother convinced their father it was necessary. Summary chapter iii the quest of the golden fleece hamiltons account of the golden fleece comes from apollonius of rhodes a greek poet from about 300 bc athamas a king gets tired of his first wife nephele and marries a second ino ino wants nepheles son phrixus out of the way so her own son can inherit the throne
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