Jason and the golden fleece (The Argonautica)

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Clarendon Press, Dec 9, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 175 pages
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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. A major critical re-evaluation of the poem - one of Virgil's primary 'sources' for the Aeneid - is now under way among classicists and scholars in the field of comparative literature. This volume offers the first scholarly translation into English for many years, combining readability with accuracy and an attention to detail that will be helpful to readers both with and without Greek. The explanatory notes and accompanying maps provide all necessary background information to enjoy the poem, while a comprehensive introductory essay sites the poem in its cultural and historical context.

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Review: Jason and the Golden Fleece (The Argonautica)

User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

Finally I get to read the epic story of Jason and the Argonauts, the story that inspired the awesome film (which, in itself, was an interesting comparison). I think I picked this book up at a dollar ... Read full review

Review: Jason and the Golden Fleece (Loeb Classical Library #1)

User Review  - Sophie - Goodreads

Kind of boring for the first couple of books, then it gets better. Read full review

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Richard Hunter is Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge, where he has taught since 1978, and a Fellow of Trinity College. His most recent books include The Shadow of Callimachus (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Critical Moments in Classical Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Many of his essays have been collected in On Coming After: Studies in Post-Classical Greek Literature and its Reception (2008). He holds an honorary degree from the University of Thessaloniki, and is a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.