Argonautica – Apollonius (1960)

S$64.00

Argonautica – Apollonius (1960)

S$64.00

A lovely illustrated prose translation of the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts

Title: Argonautica, or, The Quest of Jason for the Golden Fleece

Author: Apollonius of Rhodes, Edward P. Coleridge (trans), A. Tassos (illus)

Publisher: The Heritage Press, New York, 1960.

Condition: Hardcover, fair. No slipcase. Slight rubbing to cover, and slight water damage to front cover and first few pages. Slight dust-soiling to edges and margins of last few pages. Pages clean and binding tight, with illustrated plates and in-text illustrations. 307pp., about 11″ by 8″. A large book, overseas shipping will cost extra.

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About the book (from Wikipedia):

The Argonautica is a 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 remote Colchis. Their heroic adventures and Jason’s relationship with the dangerous Colchian princess/sorceress Medea were already well known to Hellenistic audiences, which enabled Apollonius to go beyond a simple narrative, giving it a scholarly emphasis suitable to the times. It was the age of the great Library of Alexandria, and his epic incorporates his research in geography, ethnography, comparative religion, and Homeric literature. However, his main contribution to the epic tradition lies in his development of the love between hero and heroine – he seems to have been the first narrative poet to study “the pathology of love”. His Argonautica had a profound impact on Latin poetry: it was translated by Varro Atacinus and imitated by Valerius Flaccus, it influenced Catullus and Ovid, and it provided Virgil with a model for his Roman epic, the Aeneid.