Jason and The Argonauts
the Quest for the Golden Fleece
Jason and the Golden Fleece : (The Argonautica) (Oxford World's Classics)
The Argonautica is the dramatic story of Jason's 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. Buy the Book Today!
The Argonautika : The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece (Hellenistic Culture and Society, No 25)
The 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, not 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's 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 pass and long poems vulgar. Apollonios withdrew to the maritime island of Rhodes (his work is notable for its nautical expertise), where he hammered out the text as we know 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 renowned poem with skill and wit, offering a refreshing interpretation of a timeless story. Buy the Book Today!
Voyage of the Argo : The Argonautica of Gaius Valerius Flaccus
The Argonautica of Gaius Valerius Flaccus is a seminal work of the literature of Imperial Rome. Valerius tells the story of the voyage of the Argo as an exciting and captivating adventure. Translated by David R. Slavitt and published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Paperback - 184 pages (November 1999) Buy the Book Today!
The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles
Follow the strange and wondrous adventures of Jason and his Argonauts through uncharted waters where clashing rocks dash the sea. Listen to the songs of the Argonaut Orpheus, songs of the creation of Heaven and Earth, Zeus's battle with the Titans, Pandora and her jar of troubles, and the great labors of Hercules. Padraic Colum, poet and playright. Buy the Book Today!
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