"The Return of the Argonauts"
European Cultural Route
We propose to establish a new European Cultural Route on the theme of the Argonautica and in particular to highlight the return journey of the Argonauts from Colchis to Iolcos. Furthermore, in a metaphorical sense, ‘a return of the Argonauts’ to the present day would highlight the cultural values of the first legendary journey of mankind.
There are several alternative versions of the return journey, such as by: Apollonius Rhodius Argonautica, Orphic Argonautica, Pindar, Herodotus of Heraclea, Hecataeus of Miletus, Timaeus, Judith Bacon, Henrietta Merz (based on Jason Colavito's book "Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages", 2014).
Initially, we focus on the most prevalent route, that of ‘Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica, viz: From Colchis through the Black Sea and the Danube river to Istria, to the Adriatic Sea and then via the Po or Iridanos river through Italy to the Rhone or Rodanos river, to present day South of France, sailing the Thyrrenian Sea, Straight of Messina, to North Africa, Lake Tritonis, then to eastern Crete, Anafi near Santorini, Aigina, Evia, a glorious return to Iolkos and finally to the temple of Poseidon in Corinth.
Towards the aim of establishing this Cultural Route, ‘Argonauts’ Return’, as a candidate for certification by the Council of Europe, an international association is being founded, named the ‘Argonautica Network’, with potential members in several countries. You are welcome to join us in this new Argonautic expedition!