Jason and the Argonauts
The Goddess Athena helping Jason's ship, terracotta relief, British Museum [Credit: Townley Collection, cc. lic. Wikimedia] The golden fleece. Ancient gold prospectors placed sheepskins in swiftly running streams, and in the fleece were trapped alluvial gold washed from lodes in the mountains by winter rains. A sheepskin left for a time in a gold rich area would become literally golden. The sheepskins in ancient times were then, archaeologists think, kept for safekeeping in a temple.
Hypsipyle putting her father out to sea. The Argo set sail for Lemnos. The ladies of Lemnos foolishly incurred Aphrodite’s wrath and were punished by an odious odor, which had their men running to the arms of the mainland concubines. Enraged, the Lemnos women murdered the island’s males in their sleep, except for the king who was put to sea in a chest. It was then just females, who were ruled by the King’s daughter, Hypsipyle.