Argonautica

ISBN-10: 0674996305
ISBN-13: 9780674996304
Edition: 2008
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Description: Apollonius Rhodiusrsquo;s Argonautica, composed in the 3rd century BCE , is the epic retelling of Jasonrsquo;s quest for the golden fleece. Along with his contemporaries Callimachus and Theocritus, Apollonius refashioned Greek poetry to meet the  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/31/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.078

Apollonius Rhodiusrsquo;s Argonautica, composed in the 3rd century BCE , is the epic retelling of Jasonrsquo;s quest for the golden fleece. Along with his contemporaries Callimachus and Theocritus, Apollonius refashioned Greek poetry to meet the interests and aesthetics of a Hellenistic audience, especially that of Alexandria in the Ptolemaic period following Alexanderrsquo;s death. In this carefully crafted work of 5,835 hexameter verses in four books, the author draws on the preceding literary traditions of epic (Homer), lyric (Pindar), and tragedy (especially Euripides) but creates an innovative and complex narrative that includes geography, religion, ethnography, mythology, adventure, exploration, human psychology, and, most of all, the coming of age and love affair of Jason and Medea. It greatly influenced Roman authors such as Catullus, Virgil, and Ovid, and was imitated by Valerius Flaccus. This new edition of the first volume in the Loeb Classical Library offers a fresh translation and improved text.

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University. He is the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy, and has appeared on �eoeQuirks and Quarks�e and the Discovery Channel.Rhodius Apollonius was a Greek epic poet and grammarian born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 222 B.C. In his youth he was instructed by Callimachus. Later he taught rhetoric with remarkable success. He afterwards returned to Alexandria, where he became chief librarian of the great library of Alexandria built by Ptolemy II. Rhodius Apollonius was a scholar of some note-a fact reflected in his main work titled Argonautica. It was based on the legend of the Argonauts, or men who sailed with Jason to search for the Golden Fleece. Somewhat pedantic, Argonautica is enlivened by the character of Medea. Virgil used Apollonius as a source for his portrayal of Dido in the Aeneid. The Rhodius of his name is derived from his supposed retirement in Rhodes, probably after a literary feud with Callimachus over the relative merits of the long traditional epic as opposed to short, finished poems.

William Race is Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Preface
Introduction
Plot Summary
Bibliography Maps
Genealogy Argonautica
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Fragments
Index

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