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The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica (Penguin Classics)

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Written in the third century BC in Alexandria, this is the only full surviving account of Jason's legendary quest for the Golden Fleece. It describes the thrilling adventures of the Argonauts on their voyage to Colchis to plead with king Aeetes for the fleece, his greatest treasure and the Eros-inspired passion felt by his daughter, the beautiful witch-princess Medea, for ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1959 by Penguin Classics (first published -250)
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Here is an adventure tale that continues to impress itself upon our lives. Though little is known about the author, the story is one of iconic legend accompanied by many a commentary on Hellenic origin myths. The writing is often quite lyrical, and many situations are dealt with in a humorous combination of overstatement and wry remark.

What impressed me the most as I read this book was the author's keen eye for human nature and the dramatic moment. This story is in many ways still as lively and
Translated from Greek by E.V. Rieu, this book “Jason and the Golden Fleece” taken from “The Voyage of Argo” written by Apollonius of Rhodes in the third century B.C. is interestingly worth reading regarding its incredible adventure and high romance. However, I think there might be the result of translated wording or the context misunderstood; therefore, some parts might need careful reading and interpretation, for instance:

By gentle steps they had advanced so far towards an understanding. And n
Cool idea. Cool title. Cool behind-the-scenes story of how it came to be performed and written (feud between Callimachus & his student, Apollonius). Ultimately, I have to side with Callimachus on this one. Cyclic/Epic poetry as a form 500+ years after Homer put the world on its ear with The Iliad & The Odyssey was dead. Well, maybe not. Virgil has something to say about it, doesn't he? But apparently the Greek world was full of imitators. And bad ones, at that. Apollonius, my misguided f ...more
Keith Davis
It is hard to pin down why Argo is not a particularly satisfying read. It is unfair to compare any author to Homer, although the style, antiquity, and subject matter of this book invite the comparison. Apollonius is at his best when he is describing scenes like Medea's indecision over whether to go to Jason or obey her father. Unfortunately long sections of the book read like this line from page 180. "Later on, the Bacchiadae, whose native place was Ephyra, settled there too, and the Colchians c ...more
ARGONAUTICA. (3rd Century BC). Apollonius of Rhodes. ****.
Apollonius was a librarian at Alexandria, and had an argument with a contender for his job. He lost. He then moved to Rhodes, where he wrote this great work of love and adventure. Actually, his readers already knew the story of this quest for the Golden Fleece, but his retelling added so much more to it. I could add an outline of the story here, but you can just as easily get one from the internet. I last read this in 1960. I know that be
The Argonautica is the dramatic story of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece and his relations with the dangerous Princess Medea. "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

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 B.C.

Apollonius explores many of the fundamental aspects of life in a highly original way: love, decei
Iowa City Public Library
I still remember being twelve years old and walking home after seeing Ray Harryhausen’s movie Jason and the Argonauts. I was absolutely exhilarated. While Harryhausen’s style of stop action animation seems primitive compared with today’s CGI effects, it was state of the art at the time, and I realized that movies could show me things I’d never see in real life.

I just found out this year that there was a text version, rather than an oral tradition, so I ordered Jason and the Golden Fleece (the Ar
Las argonáuticas una de mis obras favoritas de los clásicos griegos, quizás mucha parte de ello tiene que ver con la gran información que aporta sobre la leyenda del gran Jasón que considero muchas veces relegado de los mitos por otros héroes.

Jasón es uno de los pocos héroes en no tener origen divino y aún así destaca sobre los demás sobre todo por su nobleza y capacidad de diplomacia que es lo que resalta en el libro.

Es difícil pensar a veces que este relato muchas veces postergado (es más Apo
Ashley Herman
Jason and the Golden Fleece is about jason son of Aison and other demigods going on this voyage in a boat called the Argo, but his journey is not going to be relaxing as they have obstacles that they have to pass in order to get to their destination. As Jason and the Argonauts get quit close the fleece jason is in the biggest obstacle yet, but he might have some secret help. What I didn't like about this book is that it was a little boring at first, but after that it starts to pick up and gets g ...more
Jan 24, 2014 John rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
In picking up a classic like this to read, my primary fear is that I will find it boring and hard to read. Fortunately this is a relatively short book, though I did not find it boring. Instead, I found it morally repugnant. It is, however, an interesting insight into the worldview of the ancients.

Jason is given the challenge to get the golden fleece by King Pelias, after a prophecy was given him that made him fear that Jason would kill him. Jason assembles a band of heroes to go on the adventure
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La verità è che se non ci fosse stata Medea, Giasone e gli argofighi non avrebbero combinato un bel niente.
Ah, e detto per inciso, il mitico vello d'oro alla fine viene usato a mo' di corredo per il talamo nuziale su cui la maga donerà la propria virtù al biondo pseudo-eroe.
First, a note as to the version I read: I was very satisfied with the Peter Green translation of The Argonautika, it’s clear from his introduction that he has a passion for this story, and the extensive glossary, maps, and analysis of the text demonstrates that he has the expertise for the job of translation as well. Green keeps the text in the form of an epic poem, and there are segments of beautiful and evocative imagery. I’d highly recommend the Green translation.

That being said, the subject
I love the story yet for me it was ruined by page after page of Listing of EVERY hero's lineage and EVERY island no matter how insignificant the Argonauts traveled by
Poor Medea, but more on her in Euripides' play.

Perhaps not as good as The Illiad and Odyssey, it was still entertaining to read.
One of the Greek classics I loved back in my high school days :)
Apr 15, 2015 Fiona rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Fiona by: Folio Society
Shelves: classic
Jason and the Argonauts is a tale that I heard many times as a child in various forms and I enjoyed going back to the original. It's a story full of adventure, revenge and romance as well as violence, deceit and treachery making it a compelling tale that at times is hard to put down. Modern authors would probably envy the ease with which Apollonius was able to extricate Jason and his crew from difficult situations - whatever the problem there was always a god able to easily solve it, however imp ...more


One of the great Greek tales, recorded in this form much later than those of Homer (Hellenistic Age), presented in a fine 1971 edition with an extensive introduction, a nice map, and a glossary. The story of Jason and his Argonauts features the glorious departure of a sort of Ancient Greek Dream Team of heroes, famous people and wealthy folk for the Black Sea and a Golden Fleece. The reasons for this departure are somewhat arbitrary, but the excuse is that the King of Iolcus wants to send
Caroline Beatle

Tengo muchas ganas de reseñar este libro porque me encantó, pero simplemente no puedo. Sólo diré que de las ~grandes épicas~ grecolatinas (Ilíada, Odisea, Argonáutica, Eneida) que he leído ésta es la que me ha gustado más (¡pero aún falta la Odisea! *u*).
Creo que una de las razones por las que me gustó más que la Ilíada o la Eneida es porque Apolonio intenta darle un toque épico a su poema utilizando muchos convencionalismos de Homero (como los símiles (que me gustaron más aquí, porque no s
Gijs Grob
Episch gedicht over de tocht van de Argonauten, een club superhelden die o.l.v. de wat laffe en slampamperige held Jason er op uittrekt om het gulden vlies te gaan halen in Kolchis (Georgië), maar hier enkel in slaagt dankzij uitvoerige hulp van godin Hera en van de magie van Medea, de dochter van Aietes, de hardvochtige koning van Kolchis.

Apollonios' werk staat duidelijk aan het eind van een lange traditie. 'De tocht van de Argonauten' is veel minder een eenheid dan Homeros' gedichten, maar eer
So this is definitely a cool story but it gets seriously bogged down sometimes in lists. Right at the very beginning you get smacked with a massive list of all the heroes joining Jason and their lineages and weapons and deeds. Which I guess is supposed to grab your attention by featuring all these awesome heroes, but it's seriously annoying to trudge through. A lot of time is also taken describing every little island and town and every people who live anywhere even remotely near. So it makes it ...more
Chiara Silvia
Ho letto il poema di Apollonio Rodio inseguendo il nascondersi del sole di cui parla "Il mulino di Amleto" e l'ho ritrovato baluginare in luoghi oscuri: nel vello infiammato dai raggi dell'alba nel folto del sacro bosco, che rischiarer l'antro delle nozze affrettate; nell'oro che rifulge spesso nelle tenebre: quello dell'arco di Febo che illumina la notte sepolcrale del mare Cretese; quello nei capelli scarmigliati di Medea, e nel raggio di fuoco dello sguardo che condivide con Circe, anche quan ...more
Apollonius of Alexandria, and later of the Isle of Rhodes, gives us the only surviving Hellenistic epic poem. Enjoyed the Jason & Medea romance and light-hearted stories about Hercules and the Women of Lemnos. A little slow during the voyage home, but overall a thumbs up!
Finally I get to read the epic story of Jason and the Argonauts, the story that inspired the awesome film (which, in itself, was an interesting comparison). I think I picked this book up at a dollar book store. E. V. Rieu translated this old Greek epic to fit a more modern plot structure (which was easy and interesting to read), thus it didn't read with the same epic poetry structure that "The Iliad" or "The Odyssey" read like. Jason's story is a wonderful epic with monsters and complications ga ...more
Silvio Curtis
The Argonautika is an epic from late ancient Greece, after Alexander but before the Roman invasion. It is about Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece, for which he voyages to the remote reaches of the Black Sea. There he survives the ordeal which king Aiêtês, the owner of the Fleece, assigns him, then steals the fleece and escapes with the king’s daughter Mêdeia who has been secretly helping him.

It is less than half as long as the Homeric epics and so the details of plot and character are a lot le
Phil Bova
By absolute favorite literary work in ancient history.
Tina Wenner gross
Not exactly Homer but still
a fun read I recommend it
i listend to an chatterbox audio drama of it
In summary, 'twas some many men of manly lineage doing manly things while their mothers bawled. About half way through a drama queen shows up, falls in love because a little boy in need of a spanking shoots her with an arrow, and helps the manliest man do a very manly deed.
And then stuff happens.
In more seriousness, I think stories like this should be more common for young men today. While I hardly suggest going around murdering people and wooing strange Amazon women, these guys aren't wussy pu
For those who love epic and want to read something besides Homer or Vergil, this is a great place off the beaten track. Apollonius adds a human touch to the tradition of Homer, inserting his own (often humorous) comments and creating characters and heroes who exhibit flaws, fears, and weaknesses. The overarching story is peppered with many allusions and retellings of other myths, making an enjoyable read for the lover of mythology.

My edition was a Penguin Classics book, with a very readable tran
Paul Hoehn
i liked it cuz it's a book about ~the power of friendship~ and also witches and there's augury
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Apollonius of Rhodes (Ancient Greek: Ἀπολλώνιος Ῥόδιος Apollṓnios Rhódios; Latin: Apollonius Rhodius; fl. 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 w ...more
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