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The Argonautika: the story of Jason and the quest for the golden fleece

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University of California Press,
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[1997]
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English
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The Argonautika , the only surviving epic of the Hellenistic era, is a retelling of the tale of Jason and the Golden Fleece, probably the oldest extant Greek myth. Jason, a young prince, is sent on a perilous expedition but comes through various ordeals with the aid of the king's daughter, Medeia, winning the golden fleece and carrying off Medeia herself. He is a very modern figure, not at all Achillean: almost an anti-hero. Along the way, the story incorporates vivid accounts of early exploration and colonizing ventures. Peter Green's lively, readable verse translation captures the swift narrative movement of Apollonios's epic Greek. Apollonios Rhodios (c. 305-235 B.C.), the author of the Argonautika , was appointed Chief Librarian in the legendary library at Alexandria around 265 B.C. His first draft of this poem, composed when he was a very young man, drew scornful reactions from the literati of the day, Kallimachos in particular, who thought epic pass#65533; and long poems vulgar. Apollonios withdrew to the maritime island of Rhodes (his work is notable for its nautical expertise), where he hammered out the text as we know it today, returning to eventual success in the city that had rejected him. The compromise that resulted is a fascinating combination of age-old myth and modern treatment that produces a gripping and unforgettable narrative. Peter Green has translated this renowned poem with skill and wit, offering a refreshing interpretation of a timeless story. Alternate spelling: Argonautica, Apollonius Rhodius
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ils:.b16712389BookBooksEnglishUniversity of California Press, [1997]xvi, 301 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
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subject_facetArgonauts (Greek mythology) -- Poetry
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Jason -- (Mythological character) -- Poetry
Medea, -- consort of Aegeus, King of Athens (Mythological character) -- Poetry
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title_displayThe Argonautika : the story of Jason and the quest for the golden fleece
title_fullThe Argonautika : the story of Jason and the quest for the golden fleece / by Apollonios Rhodios ; translated, with introduction and glossary by Peter Green
title_shortThe Argonautika
title_subthe story of Jason and the quest for the golden fleece
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Epic poetry, Greek
Jason
Medea