E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ino persuaded her husband, Athamas, that his son Phryxos was the cause of a famine which desolated the land, and the old dotard ordered him to be sacrificed to the angry gods. Phryxos being apprised of this order, made his escape over sea on a ram which had a golden fleece. When he arrived at Colchis, he sacrificed the ram to Zeus, and gave the fleece to King Æets, who hung it on a sacred oak. It was afterwards stolen by Jason in his celebrated Argonautic expedition. (See ARGO.)
This rising Greece with indignation viewed,
And youthful Jason an attempt conceived
Lofty and bold: along Peneus banks,
Around Olympus brows, the Muses haunts,
He roused the brave to re-demand the fleece.
Dyer: The Fleece, ii.
Golden fleece of the north. The fur and peltry of Siberia is so called.
Australia has been called The Land of the Golden Fleece, because of the quantity of wool produced there.