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Jason \Jason\ prop. n. the husband of Medea and leader of the Argonauts who sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, from Greek Eason, from Hebrew Yehoshua, a common name among Hellenistic Jews (see Joshua). In Greek mythology, son of Aeson, leader of the Argonauts, from Latin Jason, from Greek Iason, perhaps related to iasthai "to heal" (see -iatric). The names were somewhat merged in Christian Greek.


Jason (; Iásōn) was an ancient Greek mythological hero who was famous for his role as the leader of the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. He was the son of Aeson, the rightful king of Iolcos. He was married to the sorceress Medea.

Jason appeared in various literary works in the classical world of Greece and Rome, including the epic poem Argonautica and the tragedy Medea. In the modern world, Jason has emerged as a character in various adaptations of his myths, such as the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts and the 2000 TV miniseries of the same name. Jason is also the main character in the British TV series Atlantis.

Jason has connections outside the classical world, being the mythical founder of the city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

Jason (disambiguation)

Jason is a hero of Greek mythology who led the Argonauts and married Medea.

Jason or JASON may also refer to:

  • Jason (given name)
  • Jason (surname)
  • Jason, North Carolina
  • Jason Islands, Falkland Islands
  • HMS Jason, several ships in the Royal Navy
  • Jason (ship), Norwegian whaling vessel
  • USS Jason (AC-12), 1912 - 1936
  • USS Jason (AR-8) US Navy repair ship 1944 - 1995
Exploration science
  • Jason (rocket), sounding rocket launched in 1958
  • Jason (ROV), unmanned submersible robot developed by Robert Ballard
  • Jason Jr., prototype of the Jason robot submersible used to explore the wreck of the RMS Titanic
  • Jason-1, satellite altimeter used to measure the ocean surface topography, deactivated 2013
  • Jason-2, satellite altimeter, successor to Jason-1
  • Jason-3, satellite altimeter, successor to Jason-2
  • Jason, crater on Phoebe, one of Saturn's moons
  • JASON (advisory group), USA defense-oriented consulting group
  • Jason (cartoonist), the cartoonist also known as John Arne Sæterøy
  • Jason (multi-agent systems development platform), an interpreter for an extended version of the AgentSpeak programming language
  • JASON Project, high school science advocacy program
  • JASON reactor, nuclear reactor in Greenwich, London, England
Jason (rocket)

Jason was an American sounding rocket with 5 stages. The Jason was launched 22 times in 1958. The Jason could carry a payload of 125 pounds (57 kg) to an altitude of 500 mi (800 km). The launch thrust was 82,100 pounds-force (365 kN), the launch mass 7,340 lb (3330 kg), the diameter 58 centimeters (23 in) and the length 17.5 meters (57 ft).

Also known as Argo E-5, this research vehicle was made by Aerolab for the Air Force (AFSWC) for use in the Jason program, which measured the trapped radiation from the Argus nuclear tests in the latter half of 1958. It was launched from Cape Kennedy, Wallops, and Puerto Rico. It consisted of an Honest John first stage plus a Nike stage plus another Nike stage plus a Recruit stage plus a T-55 as the fifth stage.

JASON (advisory group)

JASON is an independent group of elite scientists which advises the United States government on matters of science and technology, mostly of a sensitive nature. The group was first created as a way to get a younger generation of scientists—that is, not the older Los Alamos and MIT Radiation Laboratory alumni—involved in advising the government. It was established in 1960 and has somewhere between 30 and 60 members. Its work first gained public notoriety as the source of the Vietnam War's McNamara Line electronic barrier. Although most of its research is military-focused, JASON also produced early work on the science of global warming and acid rain. Current unclassified research interests include health informatics, cyberwarfare, and renewable energy.

Jason (cartoonist)

John Arne Sæterøy (born 16 May 1965), better known by the pen name Jason, is a Norwegian cartoonist, known for his sparse drawing style and silent, anthropomorphic animal characters.

He has been nominated for two Ignatz Awards (2000: Outstanding Story and Outstanding Series, 2001: Outstanding Story and Outstanding Series), has received praise in Time, and won the Harvey Award for best new talent in 2002, and several Eisner Awards.

Jason (surname)

Jason is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Anju Jason (born 1987), first Marshalese sportsperson to qualify for the Olympics (2008)
  • David Jason (born 1940), British actor
  • Leigh Jason (1904–1979), American film director and writer
  • Peter Jason (born 1944), American actor
  • Rick Jason (1923–2000), American actor
Jason (opera)

Jason, ou La toison d'or (Jason, or The Golden Fleece) is an opera by the French composer Pascal Collasse, first performed at the Académie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opéra) on 15 January 1696. It takes the form of a tragédie lyrique in a prologue and five acts. The libretto, by Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, is based on the legend of Jason in the epic poem Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes.

Jason (high priest)

Jason ( Hebrew: Yason, יאסון) of the Oniad family, brother to Onias III, was a High Priest in the Temple in Jerusalem. Josephus records that his name, before he hellenised it, was originally Jesus (Hebrew יֵשׁוּעַ Yēshua`).

Jason became high priest in 175 BCE after the accession of Antiochus Epiphanes to the throne of the Seleucid Empire.

In an ongoing dispute between the current High Priest, Onias III, and Simon the Benjamite, Jason offered to pay Antiochus in order to be confirmed as the new High Priest in Jerusalem. Antiochus accepted the offer and further allowed Jason to build a gymnasium in Jerusalem and create a Greek-style Polis named after the king, Antioch.

With the creation of Antioch, Jason abandoned the ordinances given under Antiochus III, which defined the polity of the Judeans according to the Torah.

Jason's time as High Priest was brought to an abrupt end in 172 BCE when he sent Menelaus, the brother of Simon the Benjamite, to deliver money to Antiochus. Menelaus took this opportunity to "outbid" Jason for the priesthood, resulting in Antiochus confirming Menelaus as the High Priest. Jason fled Jerusalem and found refuge in the land of the Ammonites.

In 168 BCE Jason made a failed attempt to regain control of Jerusalem. Fleeing again to Ammon, he then continued to Egypt, then finally to Sparta, where he died and was buried

Jason (multi-agent systems development platform)

Jason is a platform for the development of multi-agent systems. An extension of the AgentSpeak agent-oriented programming language is used to program the behaviour of individual agents. Jason is developed in Java and allows the customisation of most aspects of an agent or a multi-agent system. It comes as a plugin for either jEdit or Eclipse, and different infra-structures for the deployment of a multi-agent system, for example using JADE or SACI as an agent-based distributed system middleware. See and the external links below for a detailed account of the Jason platform. Jason is an open source software and is distributed under GNU LGPL.

Jason (given name)

Jason is a common given name for a male. It comes from Greek (Iasōn), meaning "healer", from the verb , iaomai, "heal", "cure", cognate with , Iasō, the goddess of healing and , iatros, "healer", "physician". Forms of related words have been attested in Greek from as far back as Mycenaen (in Linear B) and Arcadocypriot (in the Cypriot syllabary) Greek: , i-ja-te and i-ja-te-ra-ne, respectively, both regarded as standing for inflected forms of , "healer".

The name was borne in Greek Mythology by Jason, the great Thessalian hero who led the Argonauts in the quest for the Golden Fleece.

The name is also found in the New Testament, as the house of a man named Jason was used as a refuge by Saint Paul and Silas.

Its popularity in the United Kingdom peaked during the 1970s, when it was among the top 20 male names, but it had fallen out of the top 100 by 2003.

A feminine name that sounds similar is Jacin, derived from the Portuguese-Spanish name Jacinta or the Anglicized version Jacinda, meaning Hyacinth.

Jason is the most common spelling; however, there are many variant spellings such as Jaison and Jayson. Jay or Jase are the common diminutives.

Usage examples of "jason".

Crebillon mentioned likewise his tragedy of Catilina, and he told me that, in his opinion, it was the most deficient of his works, but that he never would have consented, even to make a good tragedy, to represent Caesar as a young man, because he would in that case have made the public laugh, as they would do if Madea were to appear previous to her acquaintances with Jason.

Ellen sat down in a chair and read ithow the Corys and their friends had come home on Sunday evening to find Jason gone and a window forced open in his room of the airconditioned house.

For all Proteus could tell, he might well have been one of the boatload of servants who had been scheduled to attend the Argonauts, before Jason and the others woke up to the fact that their narrow ship lacked room for so many non-Heroic bodies.

It was to discuss these, and the invitation issued to all the Argonauts, that Jason called a gathering of the entire crew beside the ship.

This ship had become his only home on earth, and Jason and the Argonauts his only friends.

Anyone just back from a cruise with Jason, and bringing back the Fleece, will have the local barflies standing in line to buy him drinks and hear his stories.

It was the blushes that gave them away, because Jason was now wearing one, too.

I lay there staring up at Jason, seeing him now instead of candlelit rooms long deserted and people long gone to dust.

Jason, seeing him now instead of candlelit rooms long deserted and people long gone to dust.

Gwen got the strong sense that, careerwise, she was the biggest thing ever to happen to Jason Rudolph.

Jason has the Fleece in hand, he had better not delay his departure from Colchis by the space of a single heartbeat.

Mars Hill, alone by a patch of daylilies stood Jason, staring back up at the cottage.

James and Jason, would be as beautiful as Lord Kipper when they were his age, and that was saying something indeed since her dratted cousins had been so beautiful since early boyhood that her uncle Douglas and aunt Alex had been constantly bombarded with gifts from all the girls in the neighborhood, hoping to be noticed by the twins.

In other words, Fogleman suggested, Damien and Jason had picked up fibers from items in their homes and inadvertently left them with the bodies.

Still Jason forebore from asking them about each point but bade all be seated for an assembly.