The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440850
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1959
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 333,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

The Voyage of Argo Introduction

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2005

    An Overlooked King of Classics!

    My heart breaks to think of the broad audience that has missed that elegant work of unadulterated genius. All those blind souls wander through their literary lives UNblissfully ignorant of a story which has tragically suffered from lack of media attention. The media is to blame! Read and re-read this milestone of prose. You will not be sorry. Long live the Argonauts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Good Book.

    Reminded me of Jason and the Argonauts.

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