Translated from English by Sopio Jobava
In 1984 the well-known British explorer, writer and historian, Tim Severin organized an expedition which he later described in the book The Jason Voyage: The Quest for the Golden Fleece.
The idea was to trace the route taken by the Argonauts, which was recorded by Apollonius of Rhodoses. Severin’s Argo was a 54-foot replica of a Bronze Age galley, operated by twelve volunteer oarsmen. The expedition sailed from north Greece to Georgia, covering nearly 2,400 km., with the aim of proving that such a voyage was possible 3,000 years ago.
The book recounts the Golden Fleece legend, describes Tim Severin’s visit to Svaneti, where he was shown the ancient method of obtaining gold with the help of fleece. Also he visited many archaeological sites and other parts of the land referred to in Jason’s travels.