In Greek mythology
, the ram with the golden fleece
was given to Nephele
for her to transport her children, Helle
, away from Ino
. The ram flew eastwards and while Helle fell into the sea (at the point named Hellespont
) Phrixus was carried to Colchis
. Phrixus sacrificed the ram to Zeus
and presented its fleece to the king of Colchis, Æetes
Jason and the Argonauts tried to take the fleece from Colchis to enable Jason to claim his inheritance. Overcoming many hazards, they eventually recovered the fleece with the help of Medea, who married Jason.
For more details, see Jason.
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