4.A.3. Corinth Canal, “The Clashing Rocks”

The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth. The builders dug the canal at sea level. It is 4 miles in length and only 70 feet wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships.

There was a fantasy movie in 1963 called “Jason and the Argonauts”. It’s working title was “Jason and the Golden Fleece”. The film was made in stop motion animation and is known for its various fantasy creatures.

In 1963, I was 1 year old so, the movie re-released in the 1970’s and I was around 15 years old. I loved Greek mytholoogy and that was my favorite read. This movie impressed upon me animation in the notably special iconic fight scene featuring multiple skeleton warriors leading to the the ending.

The Corinth canal may have been used in a scene where the seer, Phineus tells the Argonauts to sail between the ‘Clashing Rocks’, which destroys any ship in the narrow channel, possibly Corinth canal. When the ship, Argo tries to pass through, the ship appears doomed. Jason, the leading actor throws Phineus amulet into the water and the sea god Triton rises up and holds the rocks apart so the Argo can pass. What an awesome movie! I’m sure there are individuals like me who have seen this cult-film classic.

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