Gilla, I've read the Iliad, but I would not say that I'm a true Homer fan. I am a John Stienbeck fan however.
ths history of Argo is as follows (as you "gilla" already know)...
"Jason sought the help of Argos, who on the advice of Athena, built a fifty-oared ship, the Argo, that was supposed to take Jason and his companions to Colchis. The ship was built with the wood from Mt. Pelion. Athena herself had cut a beam from her father Zeus' oak at Dodona, gave it a power of speech and prophecy and fitted it into the Argo's prow. With the help of gods, the Argo became the strongest and the fastest ship."
Were the fifty oars plain old brown production oars, or were they the high speed and high performance BLUE ones?
Of Authors-check out any of the books by Greg Iles. A Mississippi writer that is much more entertaining than Grisham.
Spandau Phoenix-about 1960 connections to WWII and Nazis
Black Cross-about bio warfare-WWII
Mortal Fear-Current time computer guy mystery.
The Quiet Game-Current time thriller set in Natchez/Gulf Coast.
24 Current time thriller
Dead Sleep-Current time-latest release.