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The Argonautica

By: Apollonius Rhodius
Published By: Double9 Books
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"The Argonautica" is an ancient Greek epic poem written by Apollonius Rhodius, recounting the legendary tale of Jason and the Argonauts. Set in a mythological world filled with gods, heroes, and fantastical creatures, "The Argonautica" follows the perilous journey of Jason and his band of brave adventurers as they sail aboard the ship Argo in search of the fabled Golden Fleece. Apollonius weaves a captivating narrative, blending elements of adventure, romance, and political intrigue into a grand epic. The poem is renowned for its rich descriptions, vivid imagery, and meticulous attention to detail, bringing to life the various challenges and encounters the Argonauts face during their quest. Through his writing, Apollonius explores complex themes such as heroism, fate, and the struggle between divine intervention and mortal agency. He delves into the characters' inner thoughts and emotions, providing a deeper understanding of their motivations and conflicts. "The Argonautica" stands out for its innovative approach to the epic genre, departing from the traditional style of Homer's works. Apollonius introduces a more refined and ornate language, showcasing his poetic skill and intellectual depth. Overall, "The Argonautica" is a captivating and enduring epic that continues to enchant readers with its thrilling adventures, complex characters, and profound exploration of human nature.

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Apollonius Rhodius

The Argonautica, an epic poem about Jason and the Argonauts and their search for the Golden Fleece, is the most famous work of Apollonius of Rhodes. It was both creative and influential, giving Ptolemaic Egypt a "cultural mnemonic" or national "archive of images" and giving the Latin authors Virgil and Gaius Valerius Flaccus a template for their own epics. The poem is one of the rare surviving instances of the epic form. His other poems, some of which are only partially extant, dealt with the origins or foundations of towns, such as Alexandria and Cnidus, which were of importance to the Ptolemies, for whom he worked as a scholar and librarian at the Library of Alexandria. Modern researchers often mention a literary disagreement with Callimachus, another Alexandrian poet and librarian, since they believe it might provide light on their poetry, despite the fact that there is very little proof that the two actually had one. In truth, very little is known about Apollonius, and it is even uncertain how he was connected to Rhodes. Recent studies, with a focus on the distinctive qualities of Hellenistic poets as academic successors of a lengthy literary tradition writing at a particular point in history, have improved his reputation after he was formerly seen as a simple imitator of Homer and hence a failure as a poet.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 128 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9358719796
  • ISBN-13: 9789358719796
  • Item Weight: 153.6g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 7.46 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Literary Criticism / Poetry,Poetry / General,Poetry / Ancient & Classical