Jason and the golden fleece author

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jason and the golden fleece author

Jason and the Golden Fleece by Apollonius of Rhodes

The Argonautica is the dramatic story of Jasons quest for the Golden Fleece and his relations with the dangerous princess Medea. The only surviving Greek epic to bridge the gap between Homer and late antiquity, this epic poem is the crowning literary achievement of the Ptolemaic court at Alexandria, written by Appolonius of Rhodes in the third century BC. Appollonius explores many of the fundamental aspects of life in a highly original way: love, deceit, heroism, human ignorance of the divine, and the limits of science, and offers a gripping and sometimes disturbing tale in the process. This major new prose translation combines readability with accuracy and an attention to detail that will appeal to general readers and classicists alike.
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Jason and the Golden Fleece (2005)

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He was the son of Aeson , the rightful king of Iolcos. He was married to the sorceress Medea. He was also the great-grandson of the messenger god Hermes , through his mother's side. Jason appeared in various literary works in the classical world of Greece and Rome , including the epic poem Argonautica and the tragedy Medea. In the modern world, Jason has emerged as a character in various adaptations of his myths, such as the film Jason and the Argonauts and the TV miniseries of the same name. Jason's father is invariably Aeson, but there is great variation as to his mother's name.

It figures in the tale of the hero Jason and his crew of Argonauts , who set out on a quest for the fleece by order of King Pelias , in order to place Jason rightfully on the throne of Iolcus in Thessaly. Through the help of Medea , they acquire the Golden Fleece. The story is of great antiquity and was current in the time of Homer eighth century BC. It survives in various forms, among which the details vary. Athamas the Minyan , a founder of Halos in Thessaly [2] but also king of the city of Orchomenus in Boeotia a region of southeastern Greece , took the goddess Nephele as his first wife. They had two children, the boy Phrixus whose name means "curly" as in the texture of the rams fleece and the girl Helle. Later Athamas became enamored of and married Ino , the daughter of Cadmus.

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Cognizant of the increasing popularity of single-volume versions of ancient myths, Fisher The Olympians ; Theseus and the Minotaur again mines Greek mythology for inspiration, as he recounts the tale of Jason and the Argonauts' quest for the golden fleece. Drawing on acknowledged sources, the retelling would have benefited from more elaboration. Readers may have some difficulty in following this character-rich tale, since not all of its subjects are depicted in the illustrations. Nevertheless, the book is well-paced, all of the story's major elements are included and readers will certainly be carried along by the episodic flow. Fisher's vivid art makes masterful use of each spread to advance the narative and expand the text.


  1. Maricel Z. says:

    The Argonautica is the dramatic story of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece and .. What impressed me the most as I read this book was the author's keen eye.

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