The story of jason and the quest for the golden fleece by apollonios rhodios and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. This book examines the argonautica of apollonius of rhodes through one aspect of its relationship with other texts. This tale describes a voyage by heroes and demigods in the generation preceding those of the trojan war. Argonautica book iv cambridge greek and latin classics fire tablets kindle fire hdx 8. Beginning with you, phoebus, i shall recall the famous deeds of men born long ago, who, at the command of king pelias, sailed the wellbenched argo through the mouth of the black sea and between the cyanean rocks 1 to fetch the golden fleece for such was the oracle that pelias heard, that a horrible fate awaited him in the future.
Apollonius argonautica is the only surviving epic poem from the hellenistic period, despite evidence that many such narrative epic poems were in fact written during that time. The work differs in many respects from the likethemed argonautica of apollonius rhodius, composed four centuries earlier in. Valerius flaccus argonautica, book 1 a commentary andrew zissos. Valerius flaccus was a roman poet who flourished in the late c1st a. This text was converted to electronic form by professional data entry and has been proofread to a medium level of accuracy. I want to keep them free, but need some support to be able to do so. Essay medea in apollonius rhodius and euripides david. Confident in the calm sea, they propelled the ship forward mightily, and not even poseidons stormfooted horses could have overtaken it as it sped through the sea. Apollonius of rhodes books list of books by author. Before the publication of professor richard hunters cambridge classics edition in august 2015, the last largescale commentary on apollonius rhodius argonautica book 4 was that of enrico livrea in italian in 1973, though mention should be made of the bude volumes edited by vian 197481. Latin 4533 apollonius of rhodes university of arizona.
The story of how jason and a group of famous heroes of greece took to sea in the argos has been told many times, before and after apollonius of rhodes, wrote his argonautica, in the 3rd century b. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. Apollonius rhodius, argonautica, book 1, line 260 tufts university. The argonautica also argonautika is a greek epic poem written by apollonius rhodius in the 3rd century bce. The voyage of the argo penguin classics, london, 1959, 1971. As for the ship, the songs of former bards still tell how argus built it according to athenas instructions. The only extant greek epic poem to bridge the gap between homer and late antiquity, it is a major product of the brilliant world of the ptolemaic courtat alexandria, written by apollonius of rhodes in the 3rd century bc. This production presents two different, masterful translations of the argonautica, one in prose form and the other in verse form.
Valerius flaccus, argonautica book 1 theoi classical. Apollonius rhodius, floruit first half of 3rd century bce, is best known as the author of the argonautica, an epic poem about jason and the argonauts and their quest for the golden fleece. Book iii relates the story of jason and medea, a young colchian princess who falls in love with jason and helps him by magic to. From these we learn that he was of alexandria by birth, 1 that he lived in the time of the ptolemies, and was a pupil of callimachus. It describes the thrilling adventures of the argonauts on their voyage to colchis to plead with king aeetes for the fleece, his greatest treasure and the. It is one of the few extent greek epic poems available. Tufts university provided support for entering this. The argonautica is the dramatic story of jasons quest for the golden fleece and his relations with the dangerous colchian princess, medea. Project muse apollonius of rhodes, argonautica book iii. Done for the purpose of teaching about heroic mythology as part of ancient greece unit in chw3m. Apollonius rhodius, argonautica book 3 theoi classical. Book iv tells the story of the argonauts return to greece with the golden fleece, their nightmarish trips through the uncharted rivers of central europe and the desert wastes. C it is not only the oldest full version of the tale to arrive to our days, but also the only extant example of hellenistic epic.
Access will be automatic if your institution has been given access. Apollonius was royal librarian under ptolemy ii philadelphus during the central years of his reign perhaps c. Apollonius of rhodes, argonautica loeb classical library. Jason shows up in his hometown of iolcus with a gameplan. See all books authored by apollonius of rhodes, including the argonautica, and philostratus apollonius of tyana. I finished it in english but only got about 1 3 of the way through in greek. The only extant greek epic poem to bridge the gap between homer and late antiquity, it is a major product of the brilliant world of the ptolemaic court at alexandria, written by apollonius of rhodes in the 3rd century bc. First class adventure, although it would have been nice apollonius rhodius had gone deeper into some aspects he judges non vital to his story. Jason and the golden fleece apollonius of rhodes oxford. Apollonius of rhodes jason and the golder fleece argonautica. He published his first version of the argonautica sometime in the middle of the third century b.
The argonautica by apollonius rhodius full text free. The apollonius version was very popular in its day, the middle of the third century bc. Apollonius of rhodes s most popular book is jason and the golden fleece the argonaut. He was thus at the very centre of the ptolemaic institutionalization of culture and leaning to which we owe so much of what we still possess of greek literature.
Argonautika is a greek epic poem written by apollonius rhodius in the 3rd century bc. I have many books from the loeb classical library and they are all excellent this copy of the argonautica has a clear prose translation of the text and is wellwritten. Voyage through bosporos, south shore of pontos, arrival in colchis. Apollonius may have been influenced here by callimachuss brevity, or by aristotle s demand for poems on a smaller scale than the old epics, and answering in length to the group of tragedies presented at a single sitting the poetics. Last week, around 30,000 people downloaded books from my site 8 people gave donations.
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. Tufts university provided support for entering this text. Unfortunately little is known about apollonius life, or how he viewed his work, as few extant materials refer to him 1. The argonautica apollonius of rhodes ancient greece classical. But now i wish to relate the lineage and names of the heroes, their journeys on the vast sea, and all they did as they wandered. Jasons journey with the argonauts takes place before the trojan war. May 21, 2011 the argonautica also argonautika is a greek epic poem written by apollonius rhodius in the 3rd century bce. Apollonius of rhodes apollonius epic, the argonautica, is not just a masterpiece of hellenistic poetry drawing on the entire tradition of previous greek literature, but was enormously influential on latin epic, especially virgils aeneid. But the thing that really sets the argonautica apart from its predecessors is that the argonautica is a love. Apollonius epic, the argonautica, is not just a masterpiece of hellenistic poetry drawing on the entire tradition of previous greek literature, but was enormously influential on latin epic, especially virgils aeneid. Kirk, the iliad, a commentary, books 14 cambridge, 1985, ad.
Apollonius of rhodes classics oxford bibliographies. The argonauts are listed here in the order in which they are catalogued in lines 1 227 of book 1. The argonautica by apollonius of rhodes librarything. The argonautica by apollonius rhodius full text free book.
If you dont have access, details for librarians to action are available on this page. Jason and the golden fleece the argonautica by apollonius. Apollonius of rhodes developed the classical traditions of the homeric epic, expanding them to include a flair for romance and psychological insight which were entirely his own. The argonauts are listed here in the order in which they are catalogued in lines 1227 of book 1. His only surviving work is an unfinished epic poem entitled the argonautica, describing the voyage of the argonauts in their quest for the golden fleece. Apollonius of rhodes is no homer, hell hes miles away from even being a virgil. The boxing match in the argonautica of apollonius of rhodes. The argonautica by apollonius, free pdf, ebook global grey. Book i 103k book ii 97k book iii 106k book iv 2k download.
Hunters edition provides a full introduction to the poem and its poet, an uptodate text of book iii and a full commentary which covers problems. Beginning with thee, o phoebus, i will recount the famous deeds of men of old, who, at the behest of king pelias, down through the mouth of pontus and between the cyanean rocks, sped wellbenched argo in quest of the golden fleece. The argonautica of apollonius rhodius, book 4, 1481. The argonautica, by apollonius rhodius project gutenberg. Argonautica book iv cambridge greek and latin classics by apollonius of rhodes and richard hunter. Introduction the argonautica is the only surviving hellenistic epic and extant work of apollonius rhodius. Rieu, published in 1959, is still available and reads well. Argonautica loeb classical library greek and english.
The only surviving hellenistic epic, the argonautica tells the myth of the voyage of jason and the argonauts to retrieve the golden fleece from the mythical land of colchis. Apollonius rhodius, argonautica book 1 theoi classical. He was the author of a celebrated epic entitled the argonautica which described the journey of the argonauts in their quest for the golden fleece. The argonautica is the dramatic story of jasons quest for the golden fleece and his relations with the dangerous princess medea. Written in the third century bc in alexandria, this is the only full surviving account of jasons legendary quest for the golden fleece. He sang of how, in the beginning, ophion and oceans daughter eurynome held sway over snowy olympus, and of how, through force of hand, he ceded rule to cronus and. The argonauts tale was always a favourite of mine thanks to the 1963 movie, and i was excited to find the original text has the rhythm of the film.
The argonautica of apollonius of rhodes, composed in the third century bc and the only extant greek epic between homer and the later roman empire, tells of jasons successful expedition with the argonauts to recover the golden fleece from colchis on the black sea. How and why does the characterisation of medea in apollonius rhodius draw on the characterisation of the euripidean medea. The only surviving greek epic to bridge the gap between homer and late antiquity, this epic poem is the crowning literary achievement of the ptolemaic court at alexandria, written by appolonius of rhodes in the third century bc. Includes an introduction that sheds light on the authors style and language, his innovative use of poetic models, and his place in the literary tradition. Oct 18, 2014 the introduction and notes are by reputable scholars that always add to the understanding of the text. Valerius flaccus argonautica, book 1 andrew zissos. Apollonius rhodiuss argonautica, composed in the 3rd century bce, is the epic retelling of jasons quest for the golden fleece. In fact, recent scholarship has now placed apollonius in the pantheon among greeces greatest poets. On the part of apollonius there is a passage in the third book of the argonautica 11. Their heroic adventures and jasons relationship with the dangerous colchian princess.
Offers an elaborate but highly controversial reconstruction of 3rd century bce literary debates and relative chronologies. Free access to html textbooks is now available again and is being offered direct to higher education institutions. The argonautica apollonius of rhodes ancient greece. The project gutenberg ebook of the argonautica, by apollonius rhodius this ebook is for the use of anyone anywhere in the united states and most other parts of the world at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. In this carefully crafted work of 5,835 hexameter verses in four books, the. Apollonius rhodiuss argonautica, composed in the 3rd century bce, is the epic. The argonautica full audiobook by apollonius rhodius by. The argonautica apollonius rhodius audiobook and ebook. Apollonius of rhodes has 123 books on goodreads with 18687 ratings. The particular intertextual relationship examined is that with the histories of herodotus, focusing on the presence of the latter text in the former in terms of the poems employment of characteristics and features of historiographical discourse, narrative structures.
Books by apollonius of rhodes author of jason and the. Also, like a lot of other legends of ancient greece, jason and the golden fleece both show up in the god of war video game. On the part of apollonius there is a passage in the third book of the argonautica ll. Apollonius rhodius, argonautica book 2 theoi classical. The argonautica tells the story of the journey of jason and the argonauts to the land of colchis in search of the golden fleece. The first comprehensively annotated translation of the initial volume of this roman epic poem. Along with his contemporaries callimachus and theocritus, apollonius refashioned greek poetry to meet the interests and aesthetics of a hellenistic audience, especially that of alexandria in the ptolemaic period following alexanders death. This 4 book rendition of jason and the argonauts is probably the strangest epic poem you will ever have the chance to read. The internet classics archive the argonautica by apollonius.
Apollonius rhodius, argonautica book 4 theoi classical. Aug, 2015 apollonius epic, the argonautica, is not just a masterpiece of hellenistic poetry drawing on the entire tradition of previous greek literature, but was enormously influential on latin epic, especially virgils aeneid. King amykos challenges them to a boxing match, polydeukes accepts and kills the king. The first and second books are taken up with the history of the voyage to colchis, while the fourth book describes the return voyage. On top of all that, jasons tale is the inspiration for the classic 1963 film, jason and the argonauts, as well as the 2000 tv movie version of the same name. Right now im busy with other greek texts and havent looked at this for months so im finally admitting that ill have to finish translating this at some other time and am moving the book off my desk. Apollonius rhodius, argonautica loeb classical library. Its date is uncertain, with some sources placing it during the reign of ptolemy ii philadelphus 283246 bce, and others at the time of ptolemy iii euergetes 246221 bce. The story of the argonauts was a traditional cycle of myths which apollonius of rhodes wove into this saga at the turn of the third century bce.
The argonautica is a greek epic poem written by apollonius rhodius in the 3rd century bc. The argonautica has been divided into the following sections. Letters of apollonius, ancient testimonia, eusebiuss reply to hierocles, and more on. Project muse apollonius of rhodes, argonautica book iii ed. On the inner flap of the dust jacket of this new edition of argonautica iii the editors of the cambridge greek and latin classics series have briefly and accurately described the enclosed book. The ancient greek story, the voyage of argo the argonautica, also known as jason and the argonauts is generally best known as a classic 60s film. The argonautica is shorter than homers epics, with four books totalling fewer than 6000 lines, while the iliad runs to more than 16,000. Apollonius rhodius was a greek epic poet and scholar of the library of alexandria who fourished in the c3rd b. Argonautica by apollonius rhodius free at loyal books. Apollonius rhodius, herodotus and historiography by a.1058 681 822 772 377 1203 887 576 728 702 1140 1150 1461 1018 370 1305 975 652 21 167 1120 567 197 1388 610 455 1443 1294 938 1380 249 553 1472 853 468 277 189 963