The tale of the golden fleece has its origins from the Greek mythology where it represented the coat of the winged ram Chrysomallon. Athamas the king of Orchomenus in Boeotia, a region of the southeastern Greece, took as his first wife the cloud goddess Nephele, by whom he had two children, the boy Phrixus and the girl Helle. Athamas left his wife Nephele and married Cadmus’s daughter Ino. Ino was jealous of her stepchildren and plotted their deaths. Nephela, or her spirit, appeared to her children together with the winged ram whose fleece was of pure gold. On the ram the children escaped across the sea, but Helle fell off and drowned in the strait, now named after her, the Hellespont. The ram took Phrixus safely to Colchis (today’s Georgia), on the easternmost shore of the Euxine (Black) Sea. Phrixus then sacrified the ram and hung the Golden Fleece on a tree (in the tale it is often an oak) in the grove sacred to Ares where it was guarded by the dragon. There it remained until it was taken by Jason. The ram became the constellation of Aries.

Medea – in Greek mythology was a sorceress, the daughter of King Aeëtes, niece of Circe and later wife of the Greek hero Jason. The gift of sorcery she got from the goddess Hecate. The goddesses Hera and Athena chose her to help their beloved Jason who was the captain of the Greek heroes who came to Colchis to take the Golden Fleece. In order to get the permission from King Aeëtes to take the golden fleece, he first had to pass a series of tests, and Medea helped him in that with her magic powers.

The search for the golden fleece

Interactive play The search for the golden fleece in which the players are divided into two groups. One belongs to the King Eerta and his son Apsirt, and the other belongs to the King’s daughter Medea and Jason. The aim of the game is to find the golden fleece. Both groups have the same starting point, but are given different information and indication on where the fleece could be found. In every group there is a spy from the other group. His/her task is to help his team and distract the team where he was placed. The team where s/he finds himself/herself has to discover who the person is and how they can eliminate him/her. The winning team is the one who finds the golden fleece and returns it where it belongs.

Duration of the game: 60 minutes

Locations:

Cres – the island of Cres is the gem of the Adriatic sea; still a bit wild, not explored enough, and to a large extent unknown. Apart from the Island of Krk, it is the second biggest island of the Adriatic. Despite being an island, the typical trees of the northern parts are oak, chestnut and cherry. There are many olive groves, sage plants and approximately 1400 other species of plants. The Ecological centre Caput insulae is the shelter for the griffon vultures and it has saved them from extinction. Cres is the nesting place for the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus) and the nightingale.Cres offers more than one might expect. It will surprise you with the breathtaking beauty of nature. Cres offers possibilities for new physical, spiritual and cognitive forms of experience and awareness. This is an ideal place for a new dimension of holidays.