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  • Published: 4 May 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141964133
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 112

Jason And The Golden Fleece



One of 20 Penguin Epics published to celebreate Penguin Classics' 60th Anniversary

A hero will have his day ...It is a task that no man has ever completed: to bring back a magical ram's fleece that lies hidden in a far-off land, guarded by an all-seeing serpent. But one man, Jason, must try. His life depends on it. Upon the orders of the King, Jason must cross deadly seas with the crew of his ship, the Argo, negotiate treacherous clashing rocks, fight fire-breathing bulls and confront the terror of the harpies before claiming his prize - and winning the heart of the witch-princess Medea.

  • Published: 4 May 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141964133
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 112

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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