The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica

The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica

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by Apollonius of Rhodes
     
 

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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

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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 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:
04/28/1959
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
593,043
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminded me of Jason and the Argonauts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago