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Apollonius Rhodius – "The Argonautica" (aka The Voyage of Argo)

 The Argonautica

Apollonius Rhodius “The Argonautica” (aka The Voyage of Argo)

PDF | ISBN not applicable | 3rd Century BC | 157 pages | English | 1.83MB

A magnificent and timeless classic!

The Argonautica is a famous Greek epic poem written by Apollonius Rhodius in the 3rd century BC.

The only surviving Hellenistic epic, the Argonautica tells the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece from the mythical land of Colchis.

Apollonius was a Greek grammarian and epic poet of Alexandria in Egypt and lived late in the 3rd century and early in the 2nd century BC.

While still young he composed his extant epic poem of four books on the story of the Argonauts. When this work failed to win acceptance he went to Rhodes where he not only did well as a rhetorician but also made a success of his epic in a revised form, for which the Rhodians gave him the ‘freedom’ of their city; hence his surname.

On returning to Alexandria he recited his poem again, to applause. In 196 Ptolemy Epiphanes made him the librarian of the Museum (the university) at Alexandria.


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April 19, 2008 Posted by | Apollonius Rhodius, OTHER_BOOK, OTHER_LITERATURE, _OTHER | Leave a comment