The Argonautika


(Book - 2007)
The Argonautika
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. Peter Green's lively, readable verse translation captures the swift narrative movement of Apollonios's epic Greek. This expanded paperback edition contains Green's incisive commentary, introduction, and glossary. Alternate spelling: Argonautica, Apollonius Rhodius

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Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007
Edition: Expanded ed
ISBN: 0520253930
Branch Call Number: 883 A64ag 2007
Characteristics: xvi, 474 p. :,maps ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Green, Peter 1924-


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(3rd century B.C.) Jason sails the mythic first sea-going ship, the "Argo," in search of the Golden Fleece and encounters amazing adventures and mythic wonders. It is probably the oldest extant Greek myth. The story precedes the events of The Iliad and The Odyssey.

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In the 8th century B.C., Homer mentions Jason and the Argonauts, assuming that his audience all knew the story. Meet the fathers of the men you read about in The Iliad, as well as Jason and Hercules. Jason sails the mythic first sea-going ship, the "Argo," in search of the Golden Fleece and encounters possibly even more amazing things than Odysseus does in The Odyssey. Jason also meets and marries one of the strongest female characters of later Greek plays, Medea. Apollonius wrote the story down in epic form, that reads like a novel, many centuries after the oral story had established itself. Apollonius was the librarian at the Library in Alexandria.


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