The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440850
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1959
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 221,218
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

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 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.

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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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  • 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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