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In Greek mythology, the Argo (Greek Ἀργώ "fast") was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed from Iolcusmarker to retrieve the Golden Fleece.


The Argo was built by the shipwright Argus, and its crew were specially protected by the goddess Hera. The best source for the myth is the Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius. According to a variety of sources of the legend, the Argo was said to have been planned or constructed with the help of Athena. According to other legends it contained in its prow a magical piece of timber from the sacred forest of Dodonamarker, which could speak and render prophecies. After the successful journey, the Argo was consecrated to Poseidon in the Isthmus of Corinthmarker. It was then translated into the sky and turned into the constellation of Argo Navis.

Several authors of antiquity (Apollonius Rhodius, Pliny, Philostephanus) discussed the hypothetical shape of the ship. Generally it was imagined like a Greek warship, a galley, and authors hypothesized that it was the first ship of this type that had gone out on a high-sea voyage.

Argo in current culture

The story of Argo has carried into current culture in many different ways. There is an all-terrain vehicle model named Argo, high schools have used the name , along with many software companies that utilize the word Argo . Many yachts and dinghies have also registered under this name, including S/Y Argo.


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