Jason's uncle Athamas had two children, Phrixus and Helle, by his wife Nephele, the cloud goddess.
GOLDEN FLEECE, in Greek mythology, the fleece of the ram on which Phrixus and Helle escaped, for which see Argonauts.
Others treat it as a solar myth; the ram is the light of the sun, the flight of Phrixus and the death of Helle signify its setting, the recovery of the fleece its rising again.
By means of a false oracle, to offer Phrixus as a sacrifice, as the only means of alleviating a famine which she herself had caused by ordering the grain to be secretly roasted before it was sown.
The rationalists explained the ram on which Phrixus crossed the sea as the name or ornament of the ship on which he escaped.
His first wife was Nephele, the cloud-goddess, by whom he had two children, Phrixus and Helle (see Argonauts).
Here they found and took on board the four sons of Phrixus who, after their father's death, had been sent by Aeetes, king of Colchis, to fetch the treasures of Orchomenus, but had been driven by a storm upon the island.