Greetings Jason! I am honored to be interviewing you. Your books on Jason and the Argonauts are among the best I've ever read!
Thank you! I am honored that you think so highly of them!
How early in life did your fascination with this timeless tale
My parents told me that I was named for Jason of Greek
mythic fame, though by way of the 1960s movie. (It beats Jason
Vorhees, another popular inspiration for the name in the 1980s.) I’ve
always been aware of the Jason story, but I came to love Greek
mythology in childhood through Edith Hamilton’s book on the subject
and my school studies of Latin.
What inspired your thorough and in-depth exploration?
My exploration of the Argonauts myth came about after I
read a couple of academic articles on the subject and was inspired to
look into the question of what we know about the story’s origins.
In this, I found inspiration in Martin P. Nilsson’s The
Mycenaean Origins of Greek Mythology, and I wondered how much we
could learn about how the story came together. But the most direct
inspiration was Martin West’s article on the question of whether
the Homeric corpus betrays origins in a lost Argonaut epic, and
whether that in turn reflects knowledge of Near Eastern originals.
That article got me looking into the question in greater depth.
How did your investigative journey unfold?
As I mentioned above, a few different academic articles
got me started, and that really pulled in a lot of material from
different disciplines. Simply organizing it all was the hardest part!
What challenges did you face whilst collecting the
One of the biggest challenges is what isn’t known. I’ve
spoken with some of the greatest living experts on Greek myth,
Mycenaean and Hittite culture, and Classical civilization. One wall I
kept running into is that some questions have never been asked and
many, answered wrongly, have never been corrected. In one case, I
found that an error about Jason’s “real” birth name created
from a typo in the 1500s was repeated all the way down to the present
because, with one obscure exception, literally no one thought to
check the original sources for 500 years.
Do you teach classes on this material?
No, since I am not an academic, I don’t teach.
Are you planning on writing any other Jason and the Argonauts
I had toyed with the idea of putting together an omnibus
of all of the extant ancient and medieval Jason stories, but so far
the permissions and translations needed to accomplish it is a bit
And what led to your writing career?
I have always been a writer, though I have never set out
with the purpose of producing writing for the sake of writing. I
prefer to write to express something I have to say rather than simply
for the love of typing out words.
You've written a number of very interesting tomes, a few of
which are in my library. What inspired your interest in our popular
culture's version of ancient mysteries?
a teenager, I came across my father’s old 1970s ancient astronaut
books, and this sparked my interest in weird claims about the past.
As I grew older and learned that these books were full of falsehoods,
I became interested in why people would believe them and how their
authors were trying to rewrite the past—and for what purpose.
Is there an underlying series of questions, issues or
understandings that unify all of your works?
Most of my works revolve around the question of how people
try to use appeals to the supernatural (broadly defined) to make
sense of the present by re-creating the past. As I put it on my
website, my “investigations examine the way human beings create and
employ the supernatural to alter and understand our reality and our
What do you enjoy doing when you're not exploring mythic
Ah, if only I had more free time! I enjoy TV, trying new
recipes, and spending time with my cat, Dakota.
How would you describe yourself as an individual?
Robert Burns once said “O wad some Power the giftie gie
us. / To see oursels as ithers see us!” I’m afraid any
description I gave would be terribly biased!
How would those closest to you describe you?
I hope they would say that I am passionate, dedicated, and
tireless. I’d love to say that they would have only good things to
say, but if they didn’t I certainly wouldn’t admit it!
projects are you currently working on?
At the moment I am between projects, though I am in the
early planning stages for a book about the Fallen Angels of ancient
myth and their impact on ancient, medieval, and modern mythologies.
What is next for Jason Colavito?
For the moment, what’s next is lots of work.
Do you have a website or a presence on social media? How can
our Guests learn more about you and your work?
You can find me at JasonColavito.com and on Twitter
Where can our Guests go to learn more about and purchase your
My books are linked through my website, and they are
available through most major retailers’ websites, including
Thank you very much for your time and attention Jason! I wish
you great success in all your endeavors!