The Best of the Argonauts

Author: James J. Clauss

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 0520360400

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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This revelatory exploration of Book One of the Argonautica rescues Jason from his status as the ineffectual hero of Apollonius' epic poem. James J. Clauss argues that by posing the question, "Who is the best of the Argonauts?" Apollonius redefines the epic hero and creates, in Jason, a man more realistic and less awesome than his Homeric predecessors, one who is vulnerable, dependent on the help of others, even morally questionable, yet ultimately successful. In bringing Apollonius' "curious and demanding poem" to life, Clauss illuminates two features of the poet's narrative style: his ubiquitous allusions to the poetry of others, especially Homer, and the carefully balanced structural organization of his episodes. The poet's subtextual interplay is explored, as is his propensity for underscoring the manipulation of the poetry of others through ring composition. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1993.

The Argonauts

Author: Eliza Orzesko

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732684407

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 8348


Reproduction of the original: The Argonauts by Eliza Orzesko

In Search of the Argonauts

Author: Helen Lovatt

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350115134

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 5718


Few classical stories are as exciting as that of Jason and the Golden Fleece. The legend of the boy, who discovers a new identity as son of a usurped king and leads a crew of demi-gods and famous heroes, has resonated through the ages, rumbling like the clashing rocks, which almost pulverised the Argo. The myth and its reception inspires endless engagements: while it tells of a quest to the ends of the earth, of the tyrants Pelias and Aetes, of dragons' teeth, of the loss of Hylas (beloved of Hercules) stolen away by nymphs, and of Jason's seduction of the powerful witch Medea (later betrayed for a more useful princess), it speaks to us of more: of gender and sexuality; of heroism and lost integrity; of powerful gods and terrifying monsters; of identity and otherness; of exploration and exploitation. The Argonauts are emblems of collective heroism, yet also of the emptiness of glory. From Pindar to J. W. Waterhouse, Apollonius of Rhodes to Ray Harryhausen, and Robert Graves to Mary Zimmerman, the Argonaut myth has produced later interpretations as rich, salty and complex as the ancient versions. Helen Lovatt here unravels, like untangled sea-kelp, the diverse strands of the narrative and its numerous and fascinating afterlives. Her book will prove both informative and endlessly entertaining to those who love classical literature and myth.

The Argonauts

Author: Maggie Nelson

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 155597340X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 898


An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. It binds an account of Nelson's relationship with her partner and a journey to and through a pregnancy to a rigorous exploration of sexuality, gender, and "family." An insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry for this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.

Jason and the Argonauts

Author: Neil Foster MacPhail

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1329485777

Category: Fiction

Page: 166

View: 6715


Sent by his uncle on a mission from which he's not expected to return. Impossible obstacles and dangers stacked against him. Inexperienced captain of a crew of heroes and demi-gods with mysterious powers. It's going to be epic.

Jason and the Argonauts

Author: Neil Smith

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472801016

Category: Fiction

Page: 80

View: 3323


The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and their hunt for the Golden Fleece is one of the most enduringly popular of all of the Ancient Greek heroic myths. Accepting the quest in order to regain his kingdom, Jason assembled a crew of legendary heroes, including Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, and the twins Castor and Polydeuces. With this band of warriors and demi-gods, Jason set sail in the Argo on a journey across the known world. During their quest, the Argonauts faced numerous challenges including the Harpies, the Clashing Rocks, the Sirens, Talos, the bronze giant, the sleepless dragon that guarded the fleece, and, of course, the fickle will of the gods of Olympus. Filled with magic, monsters, sword fights, and sacrifice, this ancient adventure story is given new life by Neil Smith who also examines its historical context, its classical sources and its enduring legacy.

Jason and the Argonauts: Usborne Classics Retold

Author: Felicity Brooks

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1409568385

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 3412


Deep in the heart of enemy territory, through mountainous seas and uncharted lands, Jason and his fearless crew, the Argonauts, do battle with giants, dragons, monsters and a merciless sea god, to bring the legendary Golden Fleece back to Greece. Thrillingly retold for today's readers, this heroic tale of myths and monsters in the ancient world remains as fresh and exciting as the day it was first written.

Jason and the Argonauts

Author: B. A. Hoena

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1491420723

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 1756


"The story of Jason and the Argonauts told in graphic novel format"--