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The Argonautica

Apollonius Rhodius

Book Overview: 

The story of how Jason and a group of famous heroes of Greece took to sea in the Argos has been told many times, before and after Apollonius of Rhodes, wrote his Argonautica, in the 3rd century b.C.. It is not only the oldest full version of the tale to arrive to our days, but also the only extant example of Hellenistic epic. This was already a popular myth by the times of Apollonius, who makes the story of how Jason and the Argonauts sail to Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece, and have to go through a lot of adventures to fulfill their task, a mix of simple narrative and scholarly catalog. The Argonautica had a deep impact on European literature as a whole.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Chytus towards the sea, like men lying in wait for a wild beast within. But there Heracles had been left behind with the younger heroes and he quickly bent his back-springing bow against the monsters and brought them to earth one after another; and they in their turn raised huge ragged rocks and hurled them. For these dread monsters too, I ween, the goddess Hera, bride of Zeus, had nurtured to be a trial for Heracles. And therewithal came the rest of the martial heroes returning to meet the foe before they reached the height of outlook, and they fell to the slaughter of the Earthborn, receiving them with arrows and spears until they slew them all as they rushed fiercely to battle. And as when woodcutters cast in rows upon the beach long trees just hewn down by their axes, in order that, once sodden with brine, they may receive the strong bolts; so these monsters at the entrance of the foam-fringed harbour lay stretched one after another, some in heaps bending their heads. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This review is of the translation by Peter Green.

One particularly interesting aspect of the Argonautika (Ἀργοναυτικά), the epic poem composed sometime during the 3rd century BCE by Apollonios Rhodios (Ἀπολλώνιος Ῥόδιος), is its protagonist Jason (Ἰάσων)'s decidedly unheroic temperament: protagonist

Poema epico che narra del viaggio compiuto da Giasone e gli Argonauti per la conquista del vello d'oro. Gli elementi tipici dell'epica vi sono tutti: il viaggio, l'esaltazione dei valori ritenuti assoluti per un'epoca e una comunità, la figura dell'eroe, l'amore quale mezzo per la realizzazione del

Si bien entretiene al tratarse de aventuras marítimas además de mezclar dioses con humanos está lejos de la calidad de La Ilíada o La Odisea, sin embargo los lectores que apreciaron estas obras sin duda gustarán también de los argonautas.

*Rated 3.5/5 stars

Video review

It's like Home Alone, but with Heracles instead of Macaulay Culkin, and an entirely different plot, setting, concept and theme.

The Argonautica (A.K.A. Jason & the Argonauts or Jason & the Golden Fleece) is a Greek epic that is far superior to the Illiad or the Odyssey. Instead of individual glory, the Argonautica is about the importance of bonds between loved ones and keeping one's word. Although the story starts with a pai

Jason ve Altın Post efsanesini destansı şiir diliyle kaleme alan "Argonautika", Homeros’un izin gitmesine rağmen dize sayısının azlığıyla daha çok Aristoteles’in "Poetica"da tanımladığı sanat tanımına uyan bir eser. Olay örgüsünün oldukça sürükleyici bir şekilde kurgulandığı hikaye "İlyada"dan ve "M

Let’s be honest with ourselves here. Apollonius of Rhodes is no Homer. Hell, he’s miles away from even being a Virgil. This 4 book rendition of Jason and the Argonauts is probably the strangest epic poem you will ever have the chance to read. How Apollonius depicts his heroes is astonishing and comp

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Las argonáuticas una de mis obras favoritas de los clásicos griegos, quizás mucha parte de ello tiene que ver con la gran información que aporta sobre la leyenda del gran Jasón que considero muchas veces relegado de los mitos por otros héroes.

Jasón es uno de los pocos héroes en no tener origen divin

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