The Best of the Argonauts
Author: James J. Clauss, James Joseph Clauss
Publisher: Univ of California Press
This revelatory exploration of Book One of the Argonautica rescues Jason from his status as the ineffectual hero of Apollonius' epic poem. James J. Clauss argues that by posing the question, "Who is the best of the Argonauts?" Apollonius redefines the epic hero and creates, in Jason, a man more realistic and less awesome than his Homeric predecessors, one who is vulnerable, dependent on the help of others, even morally questionable, yet ultimately successful. In bringing Apollonius' "curious and demanding poem" to life, Clauss illuminates two features of the poet's narrative style: his ubiquitous allusions to the poetry of others, especially Homer, and the carefully balanced structural organization of his episodes. The poet's subtextual interplay is explored, as is his propensity for underscoring the manipulation of the poetry of others through ring composition.
Studies the revolutionary movement represented by some Hellenistic poets and those authors surviving from the imperial period.
This volume looks at literature of the Hellenistic period.
The Renewal of Epic
Author: Virginia H. Knight
This work considers various modes of allusion to Homer in Apollonius' Argonautica, with particular reference to the poem's adaptation of recurrent scenes in Homer, the relationship of the Argonauts' voyage to Odysseus' wanderings and the treatment of the gods.
In this innovative study of the Argonautica, Robert Albis examines structural elements of the text that recreate phenomena associated with composers and performers of epic much earlier in the Greek tradition. Such phenomena include the effect of divine inspiration on the performer, and the empathy thus created among the audience, performer, and characters of the poetry. Albis focuses on the invocations of the Argonautica, arguing that these passages reveal the poet's attempts to associate himself and the audience with the activity within the poem. Albis' approach to the Argonautica is important because it makes use of theoretical approaches to poetry while still concentrating on the place of the poet and epic poetry in contemporary Greek culture, and on the tradition the poet had inherited. This fascinating study, which includes analyses of the Homeric influence on Apollonius and Apollonius' influence on Virgil, will be of interest to scholars of ancient epic, Greek poetry, and Hellenistic Greek culture.
Presents literary criticism on the works of classical and medieval philosophers, poets, playwrights, political leaders, scientists, mathematicians, and writers from other genres. Critical essays are selected from leading sources, including published journals, magazines, books, reviews, and scholarly papers. Criticism includes early views from the author's lifetime as well as later views, including extensive collections of contemporary analysis.
Author: Apollonius (Rhodius.)
Publisher: Loeb Classical Library
Apollonius Rhodius "Argonautica," composed in the third century BCE, is an epic retelling of Jason s quest for the golden fleece. It greatly influenced Roman authors such as Catullus, Virgil, and Ovid, and was imitated by Valerius Flaccus.
Guide to Reprints
Author: Albert James Diaz
Publisher: K G Saur Verlag Gmbh & Co
Includes entries for maps and atlases.