The Voyage Of Argo: The Argonautica

Paperback | April 30, 1959

byOf Rhodes Apollonius Of RhodesTranslated byE. V. RieuIntroduction byE. V. Rieu

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Written in the third century BC in Alexandria, this is the only full surviving account of Jason's legendary quest for the Golden Fleece. It describes the thrilling adventures of the Argonauts on their voyage to Colchis to plead with king Aeetes for the fleece, his greatest treasure - and the Eros-inspired passion felt by his daughter, the beautiful witch-princess Medea, for the scheming Jason. Chronicling a journey that sees Jason and his crew traverse perilous seas, negotiate the treacherous Cyanean Rocks, and confront the lure of the Sirens' song, The Voyage of Argo is a masterful depiction of distinctly human heroism and betrayal caused by love. An eloquent marriage of romance and realism, it tells the definitive version of one of the greatest legends of the classical age: an epic tale of bravery, prophecy and magic.

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Though it met with scathing reviews when it first appeared in the third century BC, The Voyage of the Argo is now considered a crucial piece of classical literature, and indeed the only complete account of Jason`s voyage to capture the Golden Fleece. Mimicking the style of his poetic predecessor, Homer, Apollonius of Rhodes creates her...

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Written in the third century BC in Alexandria, this is the only full surviving account of Jason's legendary quest for the Golden Fleece. It describes the thrilling adventures of the Argonauts on their voyage to Colchis to plead with king Aeetes for the fleece, his greatest treasure - and the Eros-inspired passion felt by his daughter, ...

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Apollonius used the manner and matter of epics but wrote from a personal viewpoint, as a critical observer, in his Argonautica, the fullest surviving account of Jason’s voyage in quest of the Golden Fleece.

Apollonius of Rhodes developed the classical traditions of the Homeric epic, expanding them to include a flair for romance and psychological insight which were entirely his own. He published his first version of the Argonautica sometime in the middle of the third century B.C. but was met with derision and prepared a second and probably...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.74 × 5.06 × 0.52 inPublished:April 30, 1959Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140440852

ISBN - 13:9780140440850

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

The Voyage of ArgoIntroduction

Acknowledgments

Book I. Preparation and Departure

Book II. Onward to Colchis

Book III. Jason and Medea

Book IV. Homeward Bound


Notes on the Text
Bibliography
Glossary
Map WIth Notes

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Though it met with scathing reviews when it first appeared in the third century BC, The Voyage of the Argo is now considered a crucial piece of classical literature, and indeed the only complete account of Jason`s voyage to capture the Golden Fleece. Mimicking the style of his poetic predecessor, Homer, Apollonius of Rhodes creates here a daring, epic poem filled with romance, humour and high adventure. This Penguin Classics edition deserves a spot in your home library.