Jason and the Golden Fleece by Apollonius of RhodesThe Argonautica is the dramatic story of Jasons quest for the Golden Fleece and his relations with the dangerous princess Medea. The only surviving Greek epic to bridge the gap between Homer and late antiquity, this epic poem is the crowning literary achievement of the Ptolemaic court at Alexandria, written by Appolonius of Rhodes in the third century BC. Appollonius explores many of the fundamental aspects of life in a highly original way: love, deceit, heroism, human ignorance of the divine, and the limits of science, and offers a gripping and sometimes disturbing tale in the process. This major new prose translation combines readability with accuracy and an attention to detail that will appeal to general readers and classicists alike.
The Argonautica – Apollonius of Rhodes – Ancient Greece – Classical Literature
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Jason and the Golden Fleece retells the narrative from the Argonauts arrival at the kingdom of Amycus through Jason and the golden fleece The Argonautica. Apollonius Rhodius. This is a new translation of the only extant Greek epic poem to bridge the gap between Homer and late antiquity - a major product of the brilliant world of the Ptolemaic court at Alexandria, written by Apollonius of Rhodes in the third century BC. In telling the dramatic story of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece and his relations with the dangerous Colchian princess, Medea, Apollonius explores many of the fundamental aspects of life in a highly original way: love, deceit, heroism, man's ignorance of the divine, the limits of science.
Jason shows up in his hometown of Iolcus with a game-plan: regain the throne stolen from his father by his uncle Pelias. King Pelias says he's down to give up the throne
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A Brief Summary:
It is an epic poem in the style of Homer , and tells the story of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. But it is Greek epic poetry updated for the tastes of a more discerning and rational Hellenistic audience. - Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
Acknowledgement : This work has been summarized using the Oxford World Classics edition translated by Richard Hunter. Quotations are taken from that work, as are paraphrases of its commentary. Overall impression : This is a pretty good and fairly short epic that does not compare to Homer but which contains interesting mythological elements. It is one of the few extent Greek epic poems available. This tale describes a voyage by heroes and demigods in the generation preceding those of the Trojan War. He was thus at the very centre of the Ptolemaic institutionalization of culture and leaning to which we owe so much of what we still possess of Greek literature. The Ptolemies wished to attract Greek intellectuals and poets to Alexandria, and thus founded the Museum place of the muses and Library.