Heroes and Quests

04.10.2013 - By Classical Mythology

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Heroes go beyond the realms of ordinary mortals, and a significant element in the heroic narrative is a quest – for a precious or supernatural object, a person or for knowledge. One of the most famous quest narratives is that of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece, a group quest, which involves one major target for Jason and several minor narratives involving the other heroes of the Argo. Other heroes discussed in this lecture include Perseus and Herakles, whose quests involve retrieving and destroying monsters and allow them to acquire superhuman powers, taking them further away from mortals and arguably closer to the gods.

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