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  • Published: 2 January 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143106869
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $34.00

Jason And The Argonauts


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Now in a riveting verse translation, Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica) is the only surviving full account of Jason's voyage on the Argo in quest of the golden fleece with the aid of the sorceress-princess Medea. 

Now in a riveting new verse translation Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica), is the only surviving full account of Jason's voyage on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece aided by the sorceress princess Medea. Written in third century B.C., this epic story of one of the most beloved heroes of Greek mythology, with its combination of the fantastical and the real, its engagement with traditions of science, astronomy and medicine, winged heroes, and a magical vessel that speaks, is truly without exact parallel in classical or contemporary Greek literature and is now available in an accessible and engaging translation.
Apollonius of Rhodes published his first version of the Argonautica sometime in the middle of the third century B.C. At the end of his life he was director of the famous Library of Alexandria, which was the principal storehouse of all literature and learning at the time.
Aaron Poochigian, born in 1973, is a poet and an associated lecturer in Classics at The Ohio State University and has translated the Penguin Classics edition of Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments by Sappho, as well as works by Aeschylus and Aratus. He lives in New York City.

Benjamin Acosta-Hughes is Professor of Greek and Latin at The Ohio State University. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Arion's Lyre: Archaic Lyric into Hellenistic Poetry.

  • Pub date: 2 January 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143106869
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $34.00

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Apollonius Of Rhodes

Little is known of the life of Apollonius of Rhodes.  Despite his surname he was a citizen of Alexandria in the time of the Ptolemies.  His fame rests solely on the Argonautica, a poem which was from the first unfairly compared with Homer's epic The Odyssey, but which Virgil was not ashamed to borrow from. Unlike his life-long rival Callimachus, Apollonius developed the classical traditions of the Homeric epic, expanding them to include a flair for romance and psychological insight which were entirely his own.

He published his first version of the Argonautica sometime in the middle of the third century B.C.  He was met with derision both from the public and the influential Callimachus, and Apollonius prepared a second and probably shorter version.  This was so well received by the Rhodians that he was honoured with their franchise and for some years lived on that island.  Later he returned to Alexandria to find his work now held in high esteem.  At the end of his life he was Director of the famous library of Alexandria, which was the principal storehouse of all pagan literature and learning.

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