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  • Published: 26 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141397955
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

Jason And Medea

Little Black Classics




'The Argonauts were terrified at the sight. But Jason planting his feet apart stood to receive them, as a reef in the sea confronts the tossing billows in a gale.'

The tragic, epic love affair that allowed Jason to get the Golden Fleece.

Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.

Apollonius of Rhodes (3rd century BCE). Apollonius of Rhodes's The Voyage of Argo is also available in Penguin Classics.%%%'The Argonauts were terrified at the sight. But Jason planting his feet apart stood to receive them, as a reef in the sea confronts the tossing billows in a gale.'The tragic, epic love affair that allowed Jason to get the Golden Fleece.Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.Apollonius of Rhodes (3rd century BCE). Apollonius of Rhodes's The Voyage of Argo is also available in Penguin Classics.

  • Published: 26 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141397955
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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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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