The Voyage of the Argo: The Argonautica   -     By: Apollonius of Rhodes, E.V. Rieu
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The Voyage of the Argo: The Argonautica

Penguin Books / 1959 / Paperback

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This is the only full account that has come down to us of Jason's voyage in quest of the Golden Fleece. Written in the third century B.C., itmet with derision in the poet's native city, Alexandria, and the second version was first acclaimed by the Rhodians before its more widespread success. Though Apollonius used the manner and matter of epic, he wrote from a personal viewpoint as a critical observer. His understanding of human nature, his unerring eye for dramatic moment, and his quest sense of humour give reality and spirit to this fantastic story of high romance and incredible adventure.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1959
ISBN: 0140440852
ISBN-13: 9780140440850
UPC: 051488014003
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Little is known of the life of Apollonius of Rhodes. Despite his surname he was a citizen of Alexandria in the time of the Ptolemies. His fame rests solely on the Argonautica, a poem which was from the first unfairly compared with Homer's Odyssey, but which Virgil was not ashamed to borrow from. Unlike his life-long rival Callimachus, Apollonius 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. He was met with derision both from the public and the influential Callimachus, and Apollonius prepared a second and probably shorter version. This was so well received by the Rhodians that he was honoured with their franchise and for some years lived on that island. Later he returned to Alexandria to find his work now held in high esteem. At the end of his life he was Director of the famous library of Alexandria, which was the principal storehouse of all pagan literature and learning.

E. V. Rieu was a celebrated translator from Latin and Greek, and editor of Penguin Classics from 1944-1964. His son, D. C. H. Rieu has revised his work.


E. V. Rieu was a celebrated translator from Latin and Greek, and editor of Penguin Classics from 1944-1964. His son, D. C. H. Rieu has revised his work.

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