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The Argonautika

Apollonius (Book - 2007 )
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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. 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
Authors: Apollonius, Rhodius
Uniform Title: Argonautica. English
Title: The Argonautika
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007
Edition: Expanded ed
Characteristics: xvi, 474 p. :,maps ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Apollonios Rhodios ; translated, with an introduction, commentary and glossary by Peter Green
Notes: "The Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature"--Half t.p
Previous ed.: 1997
Additional Contributors: Green, Peter - 1924-
ISBN: 0520253930
9780520253933
Branch Call Number: 883 A64ag 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Medea (Greek mythology) Poetry Jason (Greek mythology) Poetry Argonauts (Greek mythology) Poetry Epic poetry, Greek Translations into English
Topical Term: Medea (Greek mythology)
Jason (Greek mythology)
Argonauts (Greek mythology)
Epic poetry, Greek
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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.

(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, and 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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