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By Apolonio de Rodas. Upload Sign In Join. Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 10 hours. Apolonio de Rodas c. La "Batracomiomaquia" Author Homero. El asno de oro Author Apuleyo. Sobre el estilo. Sobre lo sublime Author Demetrio. Fragmentos novelescos. Discursos I-V Author Juliano. Tragedias I Author Seneca. Author Varios autores.
Author Apuleyo. Historia romana I Author Apiano. Obras I Author Luciano. Related Categories. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Jason and the Golden Fleece retells the narrative from the Argonauts arrival at the kingdom of Amycus through to Jason's completion of the task set by the keeper of the Fleece, Aeetes.
The tale is everything that could be asked for from an Epic - the action is terrific, the romance believable and emotional, and the historical setting vividly conjured. One of the elements of Jason that works well is that it is not just about the lead character. A few of the Argonauts crop up regularly and while Jason is clearly the lead hero, his is a band of followers that merit their own characters.
As they are not faceless, their actions and roles impact on the rest of the team. The deaths of two characters early on in this snippet plunges the Argonauts into grief. Too often elsewhere, the death of a comrade has no real meaning but here such depth of feeling demonstrates a kinship worth being a part of.
The action sequences are great from the very beginning of the snippet when Argonaut Polydeuces takes on King Amycus in a boxing match. While this is not a blow-by-blow account, it is a great rendition of martial sport told by a writer who clearly understood what he was talking about.
Apollonius is also wise to include the gods but to not deliver them an automaticity in that they too are striving for success. This is a useful reminder of the Greek understanding of the world in that reliance on divine intervention alone could not be enough for success.
Romance is not always easy but Apollonius hits some terrific notes between Medea and Jason. His depiction of the passion that Medea holds within her after Eros has hit her with love's arrow is highly believable. Medea finds herself in a very familiar female quandry - the powerful but dangerous stranger is the person she is drawn to. The steps she takes to move from the obligation she has to her family and the self-doubt it inspires make for such a rich and impressive character.
The conflict between loyalty and love makes each step of her rebellion a difficult choice for Medea. To a great extent Medea is the star of this particular snippet. The morality of Jason is relatively simple.
Good deeds performed without desire for personal gain are rewarded while the arrogant are not. The soothsayer Phineus is the embodiment of this. It transpires that he slightly arrogantly took his foresight too far and failed to show due respect to Zeus who punished him harshly.
He was otherwise a good man and the Argonauts provide him with the greatest reward which is release from his curse. One other character who had supported Phineus prior to the Argonauts arrival is also rewarded.
With any epic, the place and culture matter just as much as the tale and the key at the back of the book helps slightly though it would still require further information to really get to grips with where and who. The snippet does though get the balance right between having enough names to capture the imagination without delving into lists. Apollonius gives lineage to most characters and the places he describes are identifiable enough to be traceable for a modern reader.
Older legends are touched on such as the battles between the gods for supremacy as well as tales from the outer reaches of Greek knowledge such as the Caucasian mountains. This is an old tale though and it is really fascinating to catch glimpses of people that affect later stories.
Jason and the Golden Fleece is a snippet from the epic and the only negative that can truly be felt is that it leaves the reader wanting the rest.
This book was not initially well received by the Rhodians who had the reviewer's perks in the 's BCE, when the book was produced. This translation reads quite well, and is an interesting companion to "Hercules My Shipmate", by Robert Graves. Please read this version before watching any movies featuring Jason.
I approached this with some trepidation because I thought it would be way over my head, but no, completely enjoyable and readable from beginning to end, and magnificently illustrated. Too many names, too disjointed, didn't know what was going on half the time. Green keeps the text in the form of an epic poem, and there are segments of beautiful and evocative imagery. Compared to the other epics, with their interesting and complex main characters, Jason is rather boring.
When one of his shipmates suggests that Jason intentionally left behind Herakles so that he would not be outshined by that superior hero I wished that it was true, as it would at least imbue Jason with some individuality.
Sadly, this was not the case. Orpheus is also a shipmate of Jason, and his musical ability saves the crew more than once. Even Achilles is referenced, though still a baby. Compare this to the homecoming depicted in The Odyssey and it becomes very clear why Homer and his works so vastly outshine Apollonius and The Argonautika today.
A solid piece of classical literature. I read my copy from Perseus Digital Library and I was thrilled with the story. The descriptors are sharp and the plot, although sometimes complex by means of the way the sentences were arranged and I assume the way it was translated it was still a great journey and one that I feel bettered for reading.
I recommend this to all interested in the classics.
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