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Apollonius of Rhodes: Argonautica Book III (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics)

 
 
 
 
Apollonius of Rhodes: Argonautica Book III (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics)
Author: Apollonius of Rhodes
ISBN 13: 9780521312363
ISBN 10: 521312361
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1989-06-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
List Price: $39.99
 
 

Composed in the third century B.C., the Argonautica is the only extant Greek epic between Homer and the later Roman Empire. It tells of Jason's successful expedition with the Argonauts to recover the Golden Fleece from Colchis on the Black Sea. Medea, a young Colchian princess, falls in love with Jason and helps him survive the ordeals imposed by her father. The description of Medea's emotional suffering exercised a profound influence on subsequent writers and especially on Virgil in his account of Dido and Aeneas.Dr. Hunter's edition provides a comprehensive introduction to the poem and its poet, an up-to-date text of Book III and a full commentary that discusses the problems of language and translation. He also delves into the poetic meaning of the work and Apollonius' creative use of the Homeric heritage.