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Les both horrible and seductive that test their very limits This selection is taken from EV Rieu's stirring translation of the Argonautica published in full as The Voyage of Arg I'm a sucker for mythology I just love it And the epic struggles in this story continue to amaze me

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Here begins the fantastic tale of Jason's uest for the Golden Fleece Written in the third century BC the story of Jason and the Argonauts has thrilled adventure lovers for ages Another book that's been in the library forever not even sure how I got it in the first placeDecided to finally give it a read and it would have been 5 stars easily but for the fact it's only part of the storyI could look into why they would release it like this but I don't find it that importantIt has whetted my appetite however to seek out the complete tale

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A noble band of heroes sets out from Greece aboard the ship Argo in search of the fabled Golden Fleece of a magical ram Under the watchful gaze of the gods they encounter obstac Apollonius of Rhodes lived in Alexandria during the Ptolemaic reigns shortly after the death of Alexander the Great Around early to mid 300 BCE Long after the Homeric epics telling the tales of the Trojan War and Odysseus' journey home thereafter and Virgil's account of Aeneas' journey to found Rome after the fall of Troy and in no ancient Hellenic poetry is it evident the evolution of storytelling than this bridge between Homeric antiuity and the later poems of the renaissance a thousand years later While Homer and Virgil both used metaphor and metonym to convey certain aspects of the human condition and the intervention of onlooking Gods to explain motifs Apollonius endows Jason Heracles Medea and the others with far human emotions and interactions Their motivations are issued from themselves than from intervening Gods Not lacking the traditional use of anachrony the intervention of fateful circumstances overlaps of time but also incorporating the breaking of the fourth wall where the narrator addresses the reader directly not found in the earlier epicsWhile that should captivate literary fans the mythology and the beautiful almost modern era to renaissance style will hypnotize and dazzle lovers of pure and brilliant storytelling by a pioneer of his time What's fascinating about this era of pre monotheistic literature is the way all poets honored a specific timeline Homer tells the story of Troy wherein Achilles is a hero As the Argonauts embark on their uest Achilles is held up as an infant so his father one of Jason's crew can wave to him In the Odeyssey Circe mentions that only the Argo has ever passed through the clashing cliffs Orpheus accompanies Jason on his uest for the Golden Fleece he the or one of the tellers of the tale of Cronos and his fatherhood of Zeus a kind of Biblical account of the history of the world's creation according to their religion Euripides of course told the doomed ending of Medea and Jason's love story however these writers all existed at widely conflicting times Homer lived hundreds of years before Apollonius Euripides as well Most exciting for a writer such as myself however is Jason the character As far removed from the courageous but savage Achilles as can be and not near as thoughtful or intelligent as Odysseus he is blundering often cowardly and I think no coincidence that his first heroic act the slaying of his host is a terrible mistake While Achilles remains a great champion throughout the Illiad and Odysseus a strong leader throughout The Odyssey Jason's leadership is often called into uestion and it is Heracles who uses his brawn to save the day most of the time as with the Earthly Giants and most fascinatingly the sorceress Medea Upon Jason's acuisition of the Golden Fleece he prances around with it like some bedazzled fool while Medea is left to slay the guarding dragon A sort of pre feminism not properly honored today by most authors Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete used metaphor and metonym to convey certain aspects of the human condition and the intervention of onlooking Gods to explain motifs Apollonius endows Jason Heracles Medea and the others with far human emotions and interactions Their motivations are issued from themselves than from intervening Gods Not lacking the traditional Greek Mythology use of anachrony the intervention of fateful circumstances overlaps of time but also incorporating the breaking of the fourth wall where the narrator addresses the reader directly not found in the earlier epicsWhile that should captivate literary fans the mythology and the beautiful almost modern era to renaissance style will hypnotize and dazzle lovers of pure and brilliant storytelling by a pioneer of his time What's fascinating about this era of pre monotheistic literature is the way all poets honored a specific timeline Homer tells the story of Troy wherein Achilles is a hero As the Argonauts embark on their Warrior Women uest Achilles is held Michael Collins: Forgotten Astronaut up as an infant so his father one of Jason's crew can wave to him In the Odeyssey Circe mentions that only the Argo has ever passed through the clashing cliffs Orpheus accompanies Jason on his Loretta Rose uest for the Golden Fleece he the or one of the tellers of the tale of Cronos and his fatherhood of Zeus a kind of Biblical account of the history of the world's creation according to their religion Euripides of course told the doomed ending of Medea and Jason's love story however these writers all existed at widely conflicting times Homer lived hundreds of years before Apollonius Euripides as well Most exciting for a writer such as myself however is Jason the character As far removed from the courageous but savage Achilles as can be and not near as thoughtful or intelligent as Odysseus he is blundering often cowardly and I think no coincidence that his first heroic act the slaying of his host is a terrible mistake While Achilles remains a great champion throughout the Illiad and Odysseus a strong leader throughout The Odyssey Jason's leadership is often called into A Season of Ten Thousand Noses uestion and it is Heracles who Silent Thunder uses his brawn to save the day most of the time as with the Earthly Giants and most fascinatingly the sorceress Medea Upon Jason's acuisition of the Golden Fleece he prances around with it like some bedazzled fool while Medea is left to slay the guarding dragon A sort of pre feminism not properly honored today by most authors


9 thoughts on “Jason and the Argonauts

  1. says:

    This Penguin 60s edition is an excerpt from The Voyage of ArgoI expected to enjoy this I was enthralled by Tim Severin's The Jason Voyage The uest For The Golden Fleece which traced a theoretical route of the classic Argo voyage However this was hard work an I don't know whether this is related to the translation or whether the nature of the original writing It just didn't flow as a story There was a painful list of those aboard the Argo which dragged for several pages and each time there was a battle it was explained which characters fought each other often resorting to listing their fathers name too It was just hard to get involved inJust a 3 star book because I still picked up some of the references I expected I just found it easy to put down hard to pick backup


  2. says:

    As usual the original is better than modern adaptations This is the second time I read it The other was five years ago


  3. says:

    Another book that's been in the library forever not even sure how I got it in the first placeDecided to finally give it a read and it would have been 5 stars easily but for the fact it's only part of the storyI could look into why they would release it like this but I don't find it that importantIt has whetted my appetite however to seek out the complete tale


  4. says:

    This translation was a real slog but the story was there It just needed unearthing


  5. says:

    35 stars


  6. says:

    Apollonius of Rhodes lived in Alexandria during the Ptolemaic reigns shortly after the death of Alexander the Great Around early to mid 300 BCE Long after the Homeric epics telling the tales of the Trojan War and Odysseus' journey home thereafter and Virgil's account of Aeneas' journey to found Rome after the fall of Troy and in no ancient Hellenic poetry is it evident the evolution of storytelling than this bridge between Homeric antiuity and the later poems of the renaissance a thousand years later While Homer and Virgil both used metaphor and metonym to convey certain aspects of the human condition and the intervention of onlooking Gods to explain motifs Apollonius endows Jason Heracles Medea and the others with far human emotions and interactions Their motivations are issued from themselves than from intervening Gods Not lacking the traditional use of anachrony the intervention of fateful circumstances overlaps of time but also incorporating the breaking of the fourth wall where the narrator addresses the reader directly not found in the earlier epicsWhile that should captivate literary fans the mythology and the beautiful almost modern era to renaissance style will hypnotize and dazzle lovers of pure and brilliant storytelling by a pioneer of his time What's fascinating about this era of pre monotheistic literature is the way all poets honored a specific timeline Homer tells the story of Troy wherein Achilles is a hero As the Argonauts embark on their uest Achilles is held up as an infant so his father one of Jason's crew can wave to him In the Odeyssey Circe mentions that only the Argo has ever passed through the clashing cliffs Orpheus accompanies Jason on his uest for the Golden Fleece he the or one of the tellers of the tale of Cronos and his fatherhood of Zeus a kind of Biblical account of the history of the world's creation according to their religion Euripides of course told the doomed ending of Medea and Jason's love story however these writers all existed at widely conflicting times Homer lived hundreds of years before Apollonius Euripides as well Most exciting for a writer such as myself however is Jason the character As far removed from the courageous but savage Achilles as can be and not near as thoughtful or intelligent as Odysseus he is blundering often cowardly and I think no coincidence that his first heroic act the slaying of his host is a terrible mistake While Achilles remains a great champion throughout the Illiad and Odysseus a strong leader throughout The Odyssey Jason's leadership is often called into uestion and it is Heracles who uses his brawn to save the day most of the time as with the Earthly Giants and most fascinatingly the sorceress Medea Upon Jason's acuisition of the Golden Fleece he prances around with it like some bedazzled fool while Medea is left to slay the guarding dragon A sort of pre feminism not properly honored today by most authors


  7. says:

    Jason and the Argonauts extract by Apollonius of Rhodes GoodThis was a Penguin 60s classic so only an extract of the full book It's the prose of the opening verses detailing the start of the uest If you like greek classics I do I've read the Illiad and Odyssey plus the Latin classic The Aeneid the latter in Latin a looooong time ago then you'll love this If not then avoid


  8. says:

    I'm a sucker for mythology I just love it And the epic struggles in this story continue to amaze me


  9. says:

    Wonderful to read a Greek Classic instead of watching it on tv


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