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Apollonius Rhodius : Argonautica - Apollonius

Apollonius Rhodius


By: Apollonius, William H. Race (Editor, Translator)

Hardcover Published: 13th January 2009
ISBN: 9780674996304
Number Of Pages: 464

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Apollonius Rhodius's "Argonautica," composed in the 3rd century BCE, is the epic retelling of Jason's quest for the golden fleece. Along with his contemporaries Callimachus and Theocritus, Apollonius refashioned Greek poetry to meet the interests and aesthetics of a Hellenistic audience, especially that of Alexandria in the Ptolemaic period following Alexander's death. In this carefully crafted work of 5,835 hexameter verses in four books, the author draws on the preceding literary traditions of epic (Homer), lyric (Pindar), and tragedy (especially Euripides) but creates an innovative and complex narrative that includes geography, religion, ethnography, mythology, adventure, exploration, human psychology, and, most of all, the coming of age and love affair of Jason and Medea. It greatly influenced Roman authors such as Catullus, Virgil, and Ovid, and was imitated by Valerius Flaccus.

This new edition of the first volume in the Loeb Classical Library offers a fresh translation and improved text.

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Genealogy Argonautica
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
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ISBN: 9780674996304
ISBN-10: 0674996305
Series: Loeb Classical Library
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 13th January 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 16.5 x 10.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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