Golden-Fleeced Ram

It was a fabulous, flying, golden-fleeced ram. It was sent by the cloud-nymph Nephele to rescue her children Phrixus and Helle when they were about to be sacrificed to the gods. The ram carried Phrixus all the way to Colchis at the far end the Black Sea and then instructed the boy to sacrifice him to the gods and lay his fleece in the grove of Ares. The ram was afterwards placed amongst the stars as the constellation Aries and his shining fleece became the goal of the quest of Jason and the Argonauts.

Parents: Poseidon and Theophane
Killed by: Phrixus

Jason and the Golden Fleece. Apulian red-figure vase, 4th c. BC. Naples National Archaeological Museum. (c)

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