Social Studies

(Camp) the Story of Jason and the Argonauts

In this 4-day camp we are going to read the epic poem "Argonautica" by Apollonius in order to follow the epic journey of Jason to Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece, and his adventures against dragons, magic and love itself
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60 minutes

per class

4x per week

over 1 week

9-14

year olds

3-7

learners per class

per learner - per class

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First and foremost in my series of ancient Greek and Roman literature classes, the most important goal is for young students, who genuinely love mythology, to read not a modern book about mythology (as they most often do) but an ancient Greek or Roman work containing the original myths.

In this camp in particular, we are going to learn the story of the quest of Jason and the Argonauts for the Golden Fleece and of Jason’s relations with the Colchian princess Medea which clearly belong to the very early strata of Greek myth. We are going to decode the detailed allusions throughout the “Argonautica” of the ‘prehistory’ of the story. 

At the same time, the audience of “Argonautica” is expected to know the subsequent history of Jason and Medea, whose story is more fully explored in the classical Athenian drama of Euripides “Medea”. With my help, students will be introduced to this tragic aspect of Jason’s life which mesmerised the Athenians in the various versions of the story played in the ancient theatre.

Jason’s story, also, resembles that of Perseus, Bellerophont and Theseus, who had to succeed in terrible challenges before claiming their rightful royal inheritance. In order to do that, Apollonius reworks the poems of Homer in a creative new way in his “Argonautica”. In this course we will not fail to draw comparisons between Jason and other heroes of Greek mythology.

Finally, in the camp we will explain the significance of the author of the “Argonautica” Apollonius as the Royal Librarian in Alexandria. In the wake of Alexander’s conquests (334-323 BCE), the centre of literary gravity shifted from Athens and mainland Greece (where the “Odyssey” and the “Iliad” were born), to the new, cosmopolitan city of Alexandria in Egypt. It is an era characterised by the Hellenic literary past as something to be collected, preserved and studied, especially in the Museum and the Library of Alexandria. The Hellenistic poets, like Apollonius, faced with this staggering amount of great literary activity in the past, found themselves with the challenge to make new poetry. Thus, the “Argonautica” reflects the centuries-old Greek exploration of the ancient world and the recording of its geography and ethnography, it explores new psychological dimensions of individual gods, local divinities and heroes, it depicts the spread of Greek civilization and the taming of hostile forces and people.
I have a BA in ancient Greek History and Archaeology, an MA in ancient Greek Archaeology and History of Art and an MA in the History and Philosophy of Religions, and I am a PhD Candidate of Religion, specialized in ancient Greek and Roman religions.
The students are asked to read in advance the assigned chapters for each day of the camp. If this is not possible for students before every single day of the camp, or if students prefer to read some of the rhapsodies before each class , they will still be able to follow the entire camp. If they decide to do all the readings, this will help them considerably in terms of class participation, they will absorb the material easier and at the end they will have the pleasure of having read the entire epic poem.
A great series of translations, Oxford World's Classics, which comes from a leading publication house in classical studies, the Oxford University Press, includes a translation of Apollonius of Rhodes' "Jason and the Golden Fleece" (aka "Argonautica"). This translation has been done by Richard Hunter, a Cambridge University professor and THE leading scholar in the academic study of this work. 
I, thus, strongly recommended this version. This is the one I am going to use for myself! 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I do not believe that a letter grade is meaningful for a camp on Jason and the Golden Fleece. However, as I often do with my one-time classes, which are always small classes (up to 6 or 7 students), I communication with the parents and the children directly, providing my personal comments, private feedback and an informal assessment.
4 hours per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.

Teacher

Spyridon (Spiros) LoumakisPhD Candidate, Professional Researcher, Active Scholar, Happy Father
669 total reviews
437 completed classes

About Me

As a father of two young kids, I put a lot of effort so as to entertain them in a productive, and educational way, making sure I feed their natural curiosity and encourage them to keep asking questions. Undoubtedly,  television and video games... 
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