Monday, February 2, 2009


Abraham Ortelius, in Parergon, Antwerp, 1595
Smith Collection, University of Southern Maine
Seen here are the regions traversed by Jason and the Argonauts on their successful quest to capture the Golden Fleece from the king of Colchis on the far eastern shore of the Black Sea (CAVCASEVM MARE). In the vignette below the title, the Golden Fleece is seen hanging from a tree, guarded by a dragon and two fire-breathing bulls.

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