The Argonautika

By Peter Green

The Argonautika, the single surviving epic of the Hellenistic period, is a retelling of the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, probably the oldest extant Greek delusion. Peter Green's vigorous, readable verse translation captures the rapid narrative circulate of Apollonios's epic Greek. This multiplied paperback version includes Green's incisive remark, creation, and glossary.

Alternate spelling: Argonautica, Apollonius Rhodius

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Less than which Ptolemy was once his floruit? The facts is such that students have positioned his delivery as early as three hundred and as past due as 265, and his dying at any place among 235 and 1 nine zero . ~ The important challenge occasioning such war of words isn't really rather a lot the shortcoming of testimony (above all of earb testimony) because the awkward undeniable fact that our 1. Arguably, as the authenticity of the epigram attacking Kallimachos attributed to Xp. ( A P eleven. 27j) has been denied, on what appear to me insufficient grounds, by way of latest students: see, e. g. , Vian 1974, x\li, with nn. 1-2, and eco-friendly 1993, 783 nn. 3-4. 2. the matter is smartly set out by means of Wan 1974, vii-xiii, who lists no fewer than 3 easy schemata built via smooth students for Apollonios's existence and occupation, none of them with out severe objections. even as, I should still indicate that the schema i locate such a lot believable does in truth correspond almost to his first method, as labored out via Delage iggob-a thorough and essentially good examine, mostly missed by means of modern students (Hunter 1989, three n. eleven, omits it from his checklist of biographical stories, and it truly is lacking from Blum's in a different way exhaustive bibliography). 2 advent few past due surviving witnesses occasionally so flatly contradict each other (though a number of the disagreements, as we will see, develop into extra obvious than real). I for that reason set them out the following. The Lives have been transmitted with the MSS of the Argonautika; scholarly efforts to track them again (e. g. , to a first-century B . C . critic known as Theon), whereas praiseworthy, don't provide enlightenment or eliminate any problems. an identical applies to the 2 entries from the Souda, a late-tenth-century Byzantine encyclopedia. (i) existence A: 'Apollonios, the writer of the Argonautika, was once through start an Alexandrian, of the Ptolemals tribe, and the son of Silleus (or, in line with a few, Illeus). He lived in the course of the reign of the Ptolemies, and used to be a scholar (CLadrl~q's) of Kallimachos. initially he was once an assistant to (avvd~v)~ his personal grasp, Kallimachos; yet in any case (d$E') he became to the writing of poems. it's stated that whereas nonetheless a adolescence (2$rlPov) he gave a studying of the Argonautika and was once unfavorably obtained. triumph over by way of the opprobrium of the general public and the sneers and abuse of his fellow-poets, he left his fatherland and took off to Rhodes. It was once the following that he polished and corrected his text,4 happening to offer readings of it which received him the top renown-the it is because in his poems he calls himself 'the Rhodian', He loved a super educating occupation there, successful Rhodian citizenship and different honors. "" "During the reign of the Ptolemies" is the studying of so much MSS, commonly brushed off as, in Hunter's phrases, "too noticeable to want announcing. ""f so, one wonders, why used to be it acknowledged? in reality, after we search a particular id for "the Ptolemies", plural, the reply straight away provides itself: they're, and will in simple terms be, Ptolemy I1 Philadelphos and his sister-wife Arsinoe, the 1st and through some distance three. or even "lived with": see Blum, 128 and 164 n.

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