The Argonautica (Paperback)

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By R. C. Seaton (Translator), Apollonius Rhodius
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The Argonautica is a Greek epic poem written by Apollonius Rhodius in the 3rd century BC and tells the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece from Colchis. Their heroic adventures and Jason's relationship with the Colchian sorceress Medea were already well known to Hellenistic audiences, which enabled Apollonius to go beyond a simple narrative, giving it a scholarly emphasis suitable to the times. It was the age of the great Library of Alexandria and his epic incorporates his researches in geography, ethnography, comparative religion and Homeric literature. However, his main contribution to the epic tradition lies in his development of the love between hero and heroine - he seems to have been the first narrative poet to study "the pathology of love". His Argonautica had a profound impact on Latin poetry. It was translated by Varro Atacinus and imitated by Valerius Flaccus. It influenced Catullus and Ovid and it provided Virgil with a model for his Roman epic, the Aeneid.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781536907018
ISBN-10: 1536907014
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: August 5th, 2016
Pages: 182
Language: English