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  • Published: 2 January 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143106869
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.99
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Jason And The Argonauts



Now in a riveting verse translation, Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica) is the only surviving full account of Jason's voyage on the Argo in quest of the golden fleece with the aid of the sorceress-princess Medea. 

The first new Penguin Classics translation of the Argonautica since the 1950s

Now in a riveting new verse translation, Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica) is the only surviving full account of Jason’s voyage on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece aided by the sorceress princess Medea. Written in the third century B.C., this epic story of one of the most beloved heroes of Greek mythology, with its combination of the fantastical and the real, its engagement with traditions of science, astronomy and medicine, winged heroes, and a magical vessel that speaks, is truly without parallel in classical or contemporary Greek literature and is now available in an accessible and engaging translation.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Published: 2 January 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143106869
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.99
Categories:

About the author

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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