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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (March 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406838519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406838510
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,983,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`H.'s translation succeeds admirably in being sensitive both to the needs of a Greek learner who is grappling with the original and to the exigencies of fluent English. In maintaining this balancing-act he manages not to stray from the spirit and content of the Greek. H. treats the original with the respect it deserves. His version is accompanied by detailed notes and an index, together with a clear, concise introduction to the poem and its place in the Alexandrian tradition. Lecturers planning a Classics-in-translation course for Greek epic need look no further than this volume for an accessible translation which will stimulate student interest and imagination. This book will be the standard English-language translation of Apollonius' Argonautica for many years to come.' R.J. Clare, University of Leeds, Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 116, 1996 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Apollonius of Rhodes, Latin: Apollonius Rhodius), floruit first half of 3rd century BCE, is best known as the author of the Argonautica, an epic poem about Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. The poem is one of the few extant examples of the epic genre and it was both innovative and influential, providing Ptolemaic Egypt with a "cultural mnemonic" or national "archive of images", and offering the Latin poets Virgil and Gaius Valerius Flaccus a model for their own epics. His other poems, which survive only in small fragments, concerned the beginnings or foundations of cities, such as Alexandria and Cnidus – places of interest to the Ptolemies, whom he served as a scholar and librarian at the Library of Alexandria. A literary dispute with Callimachus, another Alexandrian librarian/poet, is a topic much discussed by modern scholars since it is thought to give some insight into their poetry, athough there is very little evidence that there ever was such a dispute between the two men. In fact almost nothing at all is known about Apollonius and even his connection with Rhodes is a matter for speculation. Once considered a mere imitator of Homer, and therefore a failure as a poet, his reputation has been enhanced by recent studies, with an emphasis on the special characteristics of Hellenistic poets as scholarly heirs of a long literary tradition writing at a unique time in history. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Wells VINE VOICE on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Loeb Classical Library's edition of the Argonautica is probably one of the best in print today. As with all Loeb editions, the english translation has the original greek on the the facing page. The problems most people have with Loeb editions is that the translation sometimes is stilted. These stilted translations come from the fact that Loeb editions have been in print for the better part of 100 years. Argonautica, however, recently was updated. So the english translation in this Loeb edition flows well and avoids the euphamisms and stilted language of older translations.

Even if your knowledge of greek is weak (like mine), there is much to be gained from this Loeb edition. The preface discusses some of the textual issues with re-constructing the original greek. And the introduction places Appollonius of Rhodes in his historical context.

Personally, I used Teach Yourself Ancient Greek Complete Course to figure out how to pronounce the Greek alphabet. Then I can at least hear what the original would have sounded like as I read the Argonautica to myself.

At the end of the day, if you want a good translation and a book that will stand the test of time, the Loeb edition is the best one on the market.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Seaton's translation of the "Argonautica" is well written and easy to read. Because the work was completed in 1912, some of the language is archaic but not unreadable. The content of the book is enjoyable. For readers who enjoyed Homer's "Iliad," they will enjoy the "Argonautica" especially since it delves into the heroic deeds of the Homeric heroes' forefathers. Additionally, the book is enjoyable in terms of mythology. (The relationship between Jason and Medea in Book 3 is thought to be a precursor to the story of Dido and Aeneas in Virgil's "Aeneid.") Overall, an excellent book.
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The Loeb Classical Library is a wonderful source for classical literature. It has the ancient text in Greek on one side and Latin on the other. The introduction and notes are by reputable scholars that always add to the understanding of the text. They make a lovely addition to my library! I have many books from the Loeb Classical Library and they are all excellent!!! This copy of the Argonautica has a clear prose translation of the text and is well-written.
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By Bob King on April 28, 2014
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This translation is superior. The story is a humdinger. The language is beautiful. Don't be frightened by Greek, it's a great yarn.
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its an old translation so I may pay for a newer translation. But hey its free man so what could I expect
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This is only the English translation of the Loeb (Public Domain) version. But the whole point of a Loeb addition is to have the Greek text and the English side by side. Apparently, however, Kindle cannot seem to make that happen even though there are bilingual editions available in PDF format. Kindle should be able to do better than this.
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