A Greek legend tells that Athamas, king of Boeotia, on the advice of his second wife, Ino, wanted to sacrifice his two children, Phrixos & Helle. To save them, Zeus sent them a winged ram with the golden fleece. The two children climbed on his spine & flew east. On the way, Helle fell into the sea & drowned on the border of Europe & Asia, in a place called Hellespont, or Mer de Helle, today the Dardanelles. His brother arrived safely on the shores of the Black Sea, where he sacrificed the ram, whose golden fleece became the stake of the Argonauts expedition. Aries is the first constellation of the zodiac, since the day the Sun entered this constellation.