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  • Published: 2 January 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143106869
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $35.00
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Jason and the Argonauts



"King Pelias insisted,
so they drove the tautly fitted Argo
up through the narrows of the Pontic Sea
and past the Cobalt Clashing Rocks to win
the golden fleece."

Now in a riveting new verse translation from Aaron Poochigian, Jason and the Argonauts (known also as the Argonautica), is the only full account that has survived of Jason's voyage on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece and his relationship with the sorceress princess Medea. Written in third century B.C., the story was met with derision in the poet's native city of Apollonius, Alexandria, only to be later heavily revised and acclaimed by the Rhodians before achieving widespread success. Though Apollonius used the manner and matter of epic, he wrote from a personal viewpoint, critically observing one of the most beloved heroes of Greek mythology. His understanding of human nature with all its merits and flaws, his unerring eye for dramatic moment, and his quiet sense of humor give reality and spirit to this fantastic story of high romance and incredible adventure.

This edition features an introduction and notes by classical scholar Benjamin Acosta-Hughes.

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: $35.00
Categories:

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