Exquisite illustrations accompany this captivating meditation on love, beauty and spiritual awakening.
The Voyage of Argo
Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus
Introduced by Lawrence Norfolk
Translated by E. V. Rieu
The poetic account of Jason’s quest for the golden fleece, written in the 3rd century BC and now an inspiration for artist Daniel Egnéus.
The golden fleece guarded by a serpent; the fiery bulls yoked to a plough; the warriors sprung from a serpent’s teeth; a sorceress tormented by love ... The myth of Jason and the Argonauts has woven itself through Western culture, but nowhere is it told with more artistry than in the poem composed by Apollonius of Rhodes in the 3rd century BC: the Argonautica.
Bound in printed and blocked cloth
Set in Centaur
Frontispiece and 7 double-page colour illustrations
Printed map endpapers
10˝ x 6¾˝
A landmark work of poetry and imagination
Farewell, heroic, happy breed of men!
Your blessing on this lay of mine. And
as the years go by, may people find it a
sweeter and yet sweeter song to sing
Apollonius was undoubtedly influenced by the Homeric tradition – his tale includes brave fights and wild adventures – but in the midst of this heroic action, Apollonius also describes Medea’s turmoil as she struggles between her duty to her family and her love for a stranger, and Jason’s wavering resolution in the face of a new challenge.
‘The Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes is one of the strangest classical texts in a field reknowned for strangeness. It is a sea-going travelogue, a blood-curdling horror story, a tale of magic and a (literally) wonderful adventure. This sumptuous new edition does justice to all those aspects, and lures one to do what Apollonius wanted most: to read’
- Lawrence Norfolk
About Apollonius of Rhodes
Apollonius of Rhodes was a citizen of Alexandria in the time of the Ptolemies. Little is known about his life, and he is remembered today solely for the Argonautica, which was first published in the middle of the 3rd century BC. The poem is one of the few extant examples of the epic genre from the classical period, and it was both innovative and influential, providing a model for succeeding Latin poets including Virgil. At the end of his life Apollonius was director of the famous library of Alexandria, which was the principal storehouse of all literature and learning.
About Daniel Egenéus
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