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characters ß PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Apollonius of Rhodes Ἀργοναυτικά free read ¸ 106 Apollonius of Rhodes ↠ 6 review On the Argonautica; some Romans such as Virgil held it in high esteem uintillian and Longinus criticized it as mediocre In the Argonautica Jason is impelled on his uest by King Peleas who receives a prophecy that a man with one sandal would be his nemesis Jason a hero in training loses a sandal in a river arrives at the court of Peleas and the epic is set in motion So Peleas sends Jason off on the ultimate scavenger hunt for 'The Golden Fleece' Jason assembles an 'A list' of Greek heroes including Odysseus Orpheus Heracles and dozens of others They journey in a great ship the Argo to the eastern end of the Black Sea essenti. Like an ancient Greek Avengers A bunch of mythological superheroes go on a uest fight some enemies and have dealings with the gods

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characters ß PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Apollonius of Rhodes Ἀργοναυτικά free read ¸ 106 Apollonius of Rhodes ↠ 6 review 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 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 Apollonius born about 270 BC was a librarian at the great Library of Alexandria He composed the Argonautica in his youth but it got a poor reception in Alexandria Rejected he moved to Rhodes where he gained fame as a teacher and his poem got respect Eventually he returned to Alexandria where the Argonautica was finally acclaimed Opinions differed in antiuity. 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 able to make it back to Greece This is some real gloomy stuff He s crying all the time and in general is consumed by a thick nervousness throughout the trip Even when it s all smooth sailing literally Jason s anxiety reveals how much he just wants the trip to just be over with Take this line for example Tiphys he said why do you try to comfort me in my distress I was blind and made a fatal error When Pelias ordered me to undertake this mission I ought to have refused outright even though he would have torn me limb from limb without compunction But as things are I am obsessed by fears and intolerable anxiety hating the thought of the cruel sea I mean Jesus Christ man At many times even the other Argonauts are tired of Jason s seemingly perpetual anxiousness and irresolution To put it simply Jason is not really the Classical mythological leader that the situation desperately needs him to be To prove this point we need just turn to the beginning of the Argonauts voyage I m talking about the part where the general group consensus is that electing Heracles Hercules as the head of the voyage is an obvious choice despite the fact it was divinely destined for Jason You know you re not cut out for the role of great hero when the others around you think there s a better choice even if he declines Jason s flimsy courageous traits doesn t mean the rest of his company is any better The way Apollonius writes about the various Argonaut pit stop activities makes it seem like anyone could have been one In Book 2 when they come face to face with the colliding Cyanean rocks they get caught in such a cold grip of panic they re practically shitting themselves from fright Keep in mind this is after consulting a seer named Phineus who has already mapped out the entire outcome of their trip step by step The only one who seems to have any real nerve is Heracles but he s abandoned early on because his partner sexual gets abducted by nymphs a loss the Argonauts as per usual consider a devastating tragedy for themselves Waterhouse has a nice representation of Hylas and the Nymphs Except it was night when he was taken and there was exact one nymph not sevenThis whole situation is especially disappointing to me since the Argonaut lineup is absolutely stacked mythologically speaking Practically everyone is the son of some god or another I mean we re talking about the likes of Heracles Castor Orpheus Peleus Achilles father Telamon Ajax s father etc Apollonius had so many great figures to work with and basically threw any representational opportunities in the toilet No one other than Jason and maybe Medea has any real depth to them they re all cardboard side characters and this has been well documented in academic journals This roster should be un dauntingly shredding the terrifying ocean waves and prying the golden fleece from Aeetes bloody fists not shivering and moping every time they spot a new obstacle in their path Some critics have defined Jason s unheroic personality in being in accordance with the realism genre instead of the epic Is Apollonius making fun of the old Greek model of manly virtue by depicting his characters in this way Possibly but in my opinion Jason s Everyman personality seems likely to be a rendering of a contemporary 3rd cen BC world view and less a subversion of the old epic framework Either way the real reason everyone reads the Argonautica is basically for Book 3 and this consideration is largely justified This is of course where the romantic interlude between Jason and the famous witch Medea develops along with the long awaited landing at Colchis where the golden fleece is located To save yourself an incredibly pedantic account of hundreds of inconseuential mythological tidbits you may as well read a uick synopsis of the first two books and just skip to this one for the meaty substance This isn t to say that Book 1 2 don t have some captivating episodes it s just that the majority of the text consists of rowing rowing rowing rowing let s stop to sacrifice and sleep rowing rowing rowing The list of geographical areas and biographical info on very obscure figures in Greek history just drones on and if you aren t a fan of these types of epic devices it s easy to get agitated with the author One of my favourite episodes actually comes from Book 2 when they land on an unidentified port that belongs to a king Amycus who is an absolute boxing fiend Listen sailormen to something you should know No foreigner calling here is allowed to continue his journey without putting up his fists to mine So pick out your best man and match me on the spot Otherwise you will find to you sorrow that if you defy my laws you will be brought by main force to obey them Even the Argonauts can t handle someone this blatantly disobeying the laws of hospitality and Polydeuces exchanges haymakers with the king until the sun sets In general I m confused as to why the great seer Phineus a man who is supposed to be blessed with all knowledge of the past and future is so worried about his own fate I mean couldn t he just predict that Jason and the rest would come save him from his divine curse Why is he so worried Further it s mentioned extremely briefly that two members of Jason s entourage Zetes and Calais can literally fly I don t know if this was common knowledge in the classical world but there flight came so suddenly that I had to reread the passages to make sure I wasn t missing something Why can t they just fly to Colchis and grab the fleece why are they sailing in the first place This would save everyone a tremendous amount of troubleIf you like the Homeric epics and Greek mythology in general I would give this one a whirl just note that Apollonius of Rhodes may write in ways that would greatly surprise you I just wish we had earlier versions of the tale so we could compare it this one

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