When Apollonius' Argonauts reach the Hellespont, they sail through it without any pomp or circumstance:('And during that night, in the eddies from the moving ship, they finished passing between the dark-gleaming Hellespont', AR 1. 934-5). For Valerius' Argonauts, however, the occasion is a little more notable:
ecce autem prima uolucrem sub luce dehiscens terruit unda ratem uittataque constitit Helle, iam Panopes Thetidisque soror iainque aurea laeua sceptra tenens, duin sternit aquas proccrcsque ducenique aspicit et placidis conipellat lasona dictis . . .
But look, at first light the waves, gaping open beneath it, terrified the flying ship, and fillet-wearing Helle stood up, now the sister of Panope and Thetis and now holding a golden sccptre in her left hand, while she made the waves subside and saw the princes and their leader, and addressed Jason with calm words . . . (2. 587-91).
After encouraging Jason in his task, Helle instructs him to perform certain rites when he reaches Phrixus' tomb at Phasis, and then, before vanishing again beneath the waves, she gives him a message to pass on to her brother's ashes:
non ego per Stygiae, quod rcre, silentia ripae, frater, agor. frustra uacul scrutaris Auerni, care, uias neque enim scopulis me et fluctibus actam frangit hiems. celeri extemplo subiere ruentem Cyrnothoe Glaucusque nianu. pater ipse profundi has etiam sedes, hacc numine tradidit acquo regna nec Inois noster sinus inuidet undis.
I am not driven through the silence of the banks of the Styx, as you think, brother. In vain, dear one, you search the paths of empty Avernus, nor