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- DescriptionThe Argonautika , the only surviving epic of the Hellenistic era, is a retelling of the tale of Jason and the Golden Fleece, probably the oldest extant Greek myth. Jason, a young prince, is sent on a perilous expedition but comes through various ordeals with the aid of the king's daughter, Medeia, winning the golden fleece and carrying off Medeia herself. He is a very modern figure, t at all Achillean: almost an anti-hero. Along the way, the story incorporates vivid accounts of early exploration and colonizing ventures. Peter Green's lively, readable verse translation captures the swift narrative movement of Apollonios' epic Greek. Apollonios Rhodios (c. 305-235 B.C.), the author of the Argonautika , was appointed Chief Librarian in the legendary library at Alexandria around 265 B.C. His first draft of this poem, composed when he was a very young man, drew scornful reactions from the literati of the day, Kallimachos in particular, who thought epic passe and long poems vulgar. Apollonios withdrew to the maritime island of Rhodes (his work is table for its nautical expertise), where he hammered out the text as we kw it today, returning to eventual success in the city that had rejected him. The compromise that resulted is a fascinating combination of age-old myth and modern treatment that produces a gripping and unforgettable narrative. Peter Green has translated this rewned poem with skill and wit, offering a refreshing interpretation of a timeless story. The cloth edition of the Argonautika includes Peter Green's lively and incisive commentary, the first on all four books since Mooney's in 1912. While clarifying text and background, the commentary takes full advantage throughout of the recent upsurge of scholarly interest in Apollonios. Alternate spelling: Argonautica, Apollonius Rhodius.
- Author BiographyPeter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas, Austin. His other books available from California include Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age (1990), Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography (1991), The Laughter of Aphrodite: A Novel about Sappho of Lesbos (1993), and The Greco-Persian Wars (1996).
- Author(s)Apollonios Rhodios
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication07/11/1997
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Series TitleHellenistic Culture and Society
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 25
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Noteglossary
- Weight908 g
- Width159 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Translated byPeter Green
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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