Jason and the Argonauts

The first new Penguin Classics translation of the Argonautica since the 1950sNow 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 moThe first new Penguin Classics translation of the Argonautica since the 1950sNow 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 than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Jason and the Argonauts The first new Penguin Classics translation of the Argonautica since the sNow in a riveting new verse translation Jason and the Argonauts also known as the Argonautica is the only surviving full a

  • Title: Jason and the Argonauts
  • Author: Apollonius of Rhodes Benjamin Acosta-Hughes Aaron Poochigian
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. A Mythological Pirate Raid3 November 2015 Well, here I am sitting at home, on a public holiday, writing a review of a book that I have just finished. Well, maybe I should be out doing something else, but sometimes just sitting at home with a hot cup of tea is just as enjoyable. Anyway, apparently there is a horse race on today, a race that apparently stops a nation. So, while everybody else is gathering around food and joining in office pools to get the chance of maybe winning some money, I am g [...]

    2. Here is an adventure tale that continues to impress itself upon our lives. Though little is known about the author, the story is one of iconic legend accompanied by many a commentary on Hellenic origin myths. The writing is often quite lyrical, and many situations are dealt with in a humorous combination of overstatement and wry remark.What impressed me the most as I read this book was the author's keen eye for human nature and the dramatic moment. This story is in many ways still as lively and [...]

    3. 62. The Argonautika (Expanded Edition) by Apollonius Rhodius, translated with Introduction, commentary and glossary by Peter Greencomposition: circa 200’s bce, translation 1997? (notes completed 2008)format: 490 page paperback, University of California press (I read 383 pages, skipping 60+ page glossary, etc)acquired: March, from amazon read: Sep 23 - Oct 12rating: 4Part 1 - some settingHomer left me wondering about Jason and his voyage in the Argo with his Argonauts and his quest for the gold [...]

    4. Let’s be honest with ourselves here. Apollonius of Rhodes is no Homer, hell he’s miles away from even being a Virgil. This 4 book rendition of Jason and the Argonauts is probably the strangest epic poem you will ever have the chance to read; how Apollonius depicts his heroes is astonishing and complex on many levels. For one thing, Jason is the most ‘average Joe’ hero you will ever meet. The entire trip over to Colchis (for the golden fleece) he’s thinking about how he’s gonna be abl [...]

    5. It is hard to pin down why Argo is not a particularly satisfying read. It is unfair to compare any author to Homer, although the style, antiquity, and subject matter of this book invite the comparison. Apollonius is at his best when he is describing scenes like Medea's indecision over whether to go to Jason or obey her father. Unfortunately long sections of the book read like this line from page 180. "Later on, the Bacchiadae, whose native place was Ephyra, settled there too, and the Colchians c [...]

    6. ARGONAUTICA. (3rd Century BC). Apollonius of Rhodes. ****.Apollonius was a librarian at Alexandria, and had an argument with a contender for his job. He lost. He then moved to Rhodes, where he wrote this great work of love and adventure. Actually, his readers already knew the story of this quest for the Golden Fleece, but his retelling added so much more to it. I could add an outline of the story here, but you can just as easily get one from the internet. I last read this in 1960. I know that be [...]

    7. Cool idea. Cool title. Cool behind-the-scenes story of how it came to be performed and written (feud between Callimachus & his student, Apollonius). Ultimately, I have to side with Callimachus on this one. Cyclic/Epic poetry as a form 500+ years after Homer put the world on its ear with The Iliad & The Odyssey was dead. Well, maybe not. Virgil has something to say about it, doesn't he? But apparently the Greek world was full of imitators. And bad ones, at that. Apollonius, my misguided f [...]

    8. Ho letto il poema di Apollonio Rodio inseguendo il nascondersi del sole di cui parla "Il mulino di Amleto" e l'ho ritrovato baluginare in luoghi oscuri: nel vello infiammato dai raggi dell'alba nel folto del sacro bosco, che rischiarer� l'antro delle nozze affrettate; nell'oro che rifulge spesso nelle tenebre: quello dell'arco di Febo che illumina la notte sepolcrale del mare Cretese; quello nei capelli scarmigliati di Medea, e nel raggio di fuoco dello sguardo che condivide con Circe, anche q [...]

    9. (As posted on Zezee with Books.)Quick summary:Jason and the Argonauts, also called Argonautica, by Apollonius of Rhodes is an epic poem that tells the adventures of Jason and his companions as they sail to fetch the Golden Fleece from King Aeëtes of Colchis.Jason’s uncle, the Greek King Pelias, contrived the plan when he saw Jason at his banquet. An oracle had told him that someone wearing a single sandal would kill him and Jason had shown up wearing one sandal (he lost the other in some mud [...]

    10. Poor Medea, but more on her in Euripides' play. Perhaps not as good as The Illiad and Odyssey, it was still entertaining to read.

    11. An impressive work: lovely and lyrical writing, a deft portrayal of human nature, and everything you could ask for in a story of high adventure.

    12. This is one of those classical works that I've read parts of, over the years, but never cover-to-cover. Our university recently staged Medea (Euripides), and attending it reminded me of my scholarly failure to have read this basic text, and, alas, Pindar's Odes.Seaton's translation is, to me, both clear and problematical. He has elected to write it in that King James' Bible English that was, in centuries before this, a common way to render all ancient texts (lots of thees and thous and shalls an [...]

    13. First, a note as to the version I read: I was very satisfied with the Peter Green translation of The Argonautika, it’s clear from his introduction that he has a passion for this story, and the extensive glossary, maps, and analysis of the text demonstrates that he has the expertise for the job of translation as well. Green keeps the text in the form of an epic poem, and there are segments of beautiful and evocative imagery. I’d highly recommend the Green translation.That being said, the subj [...]

    14. One of the great Greek epic poems, the Argonautica tells the famous story of Jason and the golden fleece as written by Apollonius(not so much of Rhodes as of Alexandria). Although many versions of this epic exist and it is indeed old enough to be included in Hesiod’s Theogony, the Argonautica is considered, more or less, its standard version. Much shorter than the Homeric epics, the story suffers because of its brevity although it seems Apollonius was forced to shorten it because of the litera [...]

    15. I still remember being twelve years old and walking home after seeing Ray Harryhausen’s movie Jason and the Argonauts. I was absolutely exhilarated. While Harryhausen’s style of stop action animation seems primitive compared with today’s CGI effects, it was state of the art at the time, and I realized that movies could show me things I’d never see in real life.I just found out this year that there was a text version, rather than an oral tradition, so I ordered Jason and the Golden Fleece [...]

    16. Las argonáuticas una de mis obras favoritas de los clásicos griegos, quizás mucha parte de ello tiene que ver con la gran información que aporta sobre la leyenda del gran Jasón que considero muchas veces relegado de los mitos por otros héroes.Jasón es uno de los pocos héroes en no tener origen divino y aún así destaca sobre los demás sobre todo por su nobleza y capacidad de diplomacia que es lo que resalta en el libro. Es difícil pensar a veces que este relato muchas veces postergado [...]

    17. This is never going to catch on. The translator, Aaron Poochigian, hopes this will become, like Homer, essential reading for a cultured individual. But this is so inferior to Homer that it makes me think librarians shouldn't write books. It seems that Apollonius was more interested in telling the story of the voyage, and connecting it with current geographical knowledge, than in telling a good story. He begins abruptly, with no rationale or introduction given for the quest, and ends even more ab [...]

    18. So this is definitely a cool story but it gets seriously bogged down sometimes in lists. Right at the very beginning you get smacked with a massive list of all the heroes joining Jason and their lineages and weapons and deeds. Which I guess is supposed to grab your attention by featuring all these awesome heroes, but it's seriously annoying to trudge through. A lot of time is also taken describing every little island and town and every people who live anywhere even remotely near. So it makes it [...]

    19. Appollonius of Rhodes, 300 BC, situates the events of his epic song some years before Homers Odysee.He mentions Achilles in his mothers arms, still a child. Homer is however his obvious guide in many ways, the progression of the story, the difficulties of the heroes along their quest to recover the golden fleece, beeing helped by Medea, the Colchian princess and various gods under the guidance of Hera. All very similar to Ulysses, but not quite as rich, colourful and detailed.

    20. It certainly is Hellenistic. Though it lacks the traits of a Homeric Epic that made them special. The heroes seem uninvolved and Jason almost seems like a background character; the Gods as well seem to lack their former roles, and they are not given much personality--save for Venus. It's fantastic as a story, it's dramatic, pure Hellenism captured in the literary scope. As for an Epic? Not my favorite, but absolutely worth it.

    21. As I read this I couldn't shake off the feeling that these events were happening now, today, in our world -- which is insane because the Argo sailed 3500 years ago. Maybe it's because I've been living on the island where it all began, oblivious to most of the history. Why did i wait so long? A subject for a short story

    22. "Their voyage wasn’t just an attempt to find the Golden Fleece, but rather a microcosm of the human condition, helpless to the whimsies of deities while struggling to eke out their own positions in society."examiner/article/5-fan

    23. La verità è che se non ci fosse stata Medea, Giasone e gli argofighi non avrebbero combinato un bel niente.Ah, e detto per inciso, il mitico vello d'oro alla fine viene usato a mo' di corredo per il talamo nuziale su cui la maga donerà la propria virtù al biondo pseudo-eroe.

    24. I love the story yet for me it was ruined by page after page of Listing of EVERY hero's lineage and EVERY island no matter how insignificant the Argonauts traveled by

    25. La saga di Giasone e del vello d'oro, a mio parere l'avventura più entusiasmante della letteratura greca antica.

    26. This was way more difficult than I'd anticipated. I was expecting a swashbuckling romp of an adventurewhat I got was a straightforward 'here's something that happened' of not-so-epic proportions.'The Argonautica' certainly has adventure, romance, emotion, and conflict, but I think those are in some fashion simply a vehicle for the telling of how some things in the Ancient World came to be. So in the end, it's much like 'Genesis' or 'Works and Days,' where it's more just delivering information to [...]

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