An interesting example is the inside of a red-figure cup, shown above, which depictiswhat is presumably the hero Jason being regurgitated by a dragon. The goddess Athena, recognizable by her equipment such as the aegis, is placed opposite the dragon. The Golden Fleece can be seen suspended from the branches of the tree in the background.
This scene must be set in the garden guarded by a dragon of Ares in Colchis, but in none of the stories that have come down to us in written form do we read abgout Jason getting swallowed up by the dragon. That version of the tale is simply lost to us, with this cup offering a tantalizing glimpse as to the variety of Greek myths that once existed.
The fact that the past is an incomplete puzzle is one of the most interesting as well as one of the most frustrating aspects of studying the ancient world. At the same time, piecing together the past is also one of the most rewarding things you can do, even if finding gainful employment in this field is often just as challenging! But that’s a subject for another time.