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The Voyage of Argo

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The Argonautica of Apollonius is the only full remaining account of Jason's voyage in quest of the Golden Fleece. Written in the third century B.C., it met with derision in the poet's native city, Alexandria, and the second version was first acclaimed by the Rhodians before its more widespread success. Though Apollonius used the manner and matter of epic, he wrote from a p ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published 1959 by Penguin Books Ltd. (first published -250)
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Bookworm Sean
This is a poor edition. I feel like I’ve picked this up half way through the story; it’s like opening a random novel and reading about a random character and trying to understand the whole work. I have limited knowledge of this part of ancient Greek mythology beyond the basics, so, for me, this just didn’t come together.

So, as ever, I shake my fist at the editors and curse their skills of literary selection. They’ve just picked out a random slice of an epic adventure and the result is an all to
David Sarkies
Nov 02, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who love mythology
Recommended to David by: My University Lecturer
Shelves: adventure
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3 November 2015

Well, here I am sitting at home, on a public holiday, writing a review of a book that I have just finished. Well, maybe I should be out doing something else, but sometimes just sitting at home with a hot cup of tea is just as enjoyable. Anyway, apparently there is a horse race on today, a race that apparently stops a nation. So, while everybody else is gathering around food and joining in office pools to get the chance of maybe winning some money, I am g
Saoirse Sterling
You can read my full review of Jason and Medea on my site XLeptodactylous.

Apollonius of Rhodes was a 3rd century BCE librarian and scholar who wrote the epic Greek poem The Voyage of Argo. E. V. Rieu, who translated the story, was a classicist and initiated the Penguin Classics books.

Jason and Medea is a small segment of The Voyage of Argo, focusing on the god-imbued love Medea feels for Jason, whom had arrived to take the Golden Fleece. He is set a task by Medea's father, King Aeetes, to sow te
Apr 22, 2009 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I've always been curious about Jason and the Argonauts. I watched the cheesy movies as a kid and was mesmerized by all the scary monsters. When the opportunity to read and review this book popped up, I jumped at the chance.

The book is beautifully done and is full of fascinating illustrations, photos, and maps. This book is chock full of information about Jason and the Argonauts and it was a pleasure to read and linger over the pictures. The book follows the journey of Jason and the Argonauts fr
I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology, so when I saw this range of Penguin’s Little Black Classics (just 80p each – bargain!), Jason and Medea was one of the first that my eager hands grabbed.

If you’re not already familiar with the story of Jason and the Argonauts this probably isn’t a very good place to start as it drops us straight into Jason reaching Colchis on his errand for the Golden Fleece, and being set an impossible task by Aeëtes – to yoke two flame breathing bulls and plow a field
Chiara Silvia
Aug 21, 2012 Chiara Silvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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As classic literature goes it was fine, the story of the golden fleece is well known to school children the world over, however, it seemed rather flat and somewhat unfulfilling. On finishing this one can only think that perhaps it's down to the translation because as we have seen a few of the little black books have been delightful.
Now if the people at Penguin are listening: can we please have a more vibrant and exciting translation that reflects the quality of many of the classics so far publ
Mar 11, 2016 Ashleigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Was a quick read and quite handy to carry around when my others books were too heavy in my bag. I love Greek mythology so reading this was quite interesting. Definitely interested in reading some more.
Prema Arasu
Jan 06, 2016 Prema Arasu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I love the inclusion of classical texts in the Little Black Classics series, this excerpt from Apollonius' Argonautica would have been impossible to understand had I not taken a class on Greek Mythology last year. The Argonautica is an epic about the hero Jason and his voyages on the Argo which involves a lot of getting lost, doing impossible quests with the help of gods, getting lost even more and returning home. Basically, Apollonius follows a lot of epic conventions seen in Homer.

This p
Feb 18, 2009 Eddie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2009 Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An impressive work: lovely and lyrical writing, a deft portrayal of human nature, and everything you could ask for in a story of high adventure.
Keith Davis
Jun 04, 2015 Keith Davis rated it it was ok
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
Nov 10, 2015 Andrada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-ancient
One of the great Greek epic poems, the Argonautica tells the famous story of Jason and the golden fleece as written by Apollonius(not so much of Rhodes as of Alexandria). Although many versions of this epic exist and it is indeed old enough to be included in Hesiod’s Theogony, the Argonautica is considered, more or less, its standard version.

Much shorter than the Homeric epics, the story suffers because of its brevity although it seems Apollonius was forced to shorten it because of the literary
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Quick summary:

Jason and the Argonauts, also called Argonautica, by Apollonius of Rhodes is an epic poem that tells the adventures of Jason and his companions as they sail to fetch the Golden Fleece from King Aeëtes of Colchis.

Jason’s uncle, the Greek King Pelias, contrived the plan when he saw Jason at his banquet. An oracle had told him that someone wearing a single sandal would kill him and Jason had shown up wearing one sandal (he lost the other in some mud whe
James (JD) Dittes
Apollonius wrote in the 3rd Century, BC., and his writing style owes much to his Greek forebear, Homer. His extended similes offer a taste of the master-writer. Consider this simile, describing the bronze-footed bulls whom Jason must yoke to plow Aeëtes's field and sow it with dragon's teeth:
Think of a blacksmith's bull-hide bellows, now
shooting a spire of cinders through a vent
while stirring up the deadly blaze, now wheezing,
now still, and all the while infernal hiss
and flicker issue from the f
Oct 23, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
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
Jun 16, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It certainly is Hellenistic. Though it lacks the traits of a Homeric Epic that made them special. The heroes seem uninvolved and Jason almost seems like a background character; the Gods as well seem to lack their former roles, and they are not given much personality--save for Venus. It's fantastic as a story, it's dramatic, pure Hellenism captured in the literary scope. As for an Epic? Not my favorite, but absolutely worth it.
This Little Black Classic is an excerpt from EV Rieu's translation of The Voyage of the Argo, also known as Jason and the Golden Fleece, Jason and the Argonauts and a few others.

This excerpt starts with Jason reaching Colchis on his journey for the Golden Fleece, and being set an impossible task by Aeëtes. His task – to yoke two flame breathing bulls and plow a field, then sow the field with serpents teeth which will sprout into an army of earth-born men who he must then defeat. Aided by Aeëtes
Unlike the other Little Black Classics I’ve read (at time of writing, Nos. 29 and 74), I feel that this one would have benefited from at least a brief contextual introduction to place it within a timeline. As it is, Jason and Medea offers an enjoyable jaunt in Ancient Greece (which I was very glad to read, don't get me wrong!), but is very much in medias res and in need of some grounding.

If you’re interested in the myth, then perhaps it would be better to go directly for a copy of the Argonautic
Feb 10, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, I wanted to read this. Even though, it was difficult to read because of the way it was written, I really enjoyed it. This was one giant adventure that really tested Jason and his crew on the search for the Fleece.
My first booktube-a-thon book is finished within the first hour of the week! Booom.
I enjoyed the world, who doesn't love the tales of Greek Gods and Goddesses?
There were a lot of names to comprehend within 50 pages, and (I know this was written in a very different time) but the insta-love was striking. Jason... do you really love Medea because she gave a big speech about how great you are?
And Medea... I just feel bad for you being forced to love this random guy. You poor pawn in the games of th
Elliott Bignell
Nov 18, 2015 Elliott Bignell rated it liked it
By the standards of Greek epic poetry, this was a light read. It helps that the translation is in a contemporary English prose, but the work itself is more manageable than Homer. A third the length of either great work by the above, the style of Apollonius is at the same time less repetitive and less sonorous with the pity of war. It makes for a straightforward adventure story with some fantastic elements - a couple of crew members flying about with wings on their ankles and plenty of nymphs, ne ...more
Dec 03, 2015 فضيض rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

هي ملحمة يونانية كُتبت قبل الميلاد، عن قصة بحّارة الأرجو في رحلتهم الأسطورية للحصول على الجزة الذهبية، وفيها كل ما تشتهيه النفس من الملاحم، من آلهة تتلاعب بالمصائر وتتدخل للحماية أو البطش العارم، وأبناء آلهة، وأساطير فاتنة، وأبطال خارقين، ومقاتلين أشداء، ووحوش آدمية وحيوانية، وحوريات، وسحرة، وصعاب مستحيلة، ودهاء وشجاعة لا متناهية وعاطفة نبيلة متبادلة

وقرأت الآن على ويكيبديا هذه الوصف الآسر للملحمة التي ما زالت واقعًا تحت سحرها:

تتألف رائعة أبولونيوس من أربعة كتب يصف الأول والثاني منها رحلة جيسون (
Anwen Hayward
It's hard to say whether or not this particular book of Argonautica stands by itself with real merit. If you were to read it without already having an idea of the narrative that preceded it in books 1 + 2, I'd say that it would probably be too lacking in context to be enjoyed by itself.

Still, there's a pretty great scene in which Aphrodite basically offers to beat someone up, so that's a plus.
May 15, 2016 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite nautical tales; I am glad to finally have read it in its entirety, rather than relying on Don Chaffey's amazing "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963) which enthralled me as a child. I was sad the story was so light on its explanation of Talos and surprised to see it was Medea who vanquished the bronze colossus. I think I honestly prefer this version to the film and I am particularly fascinated by how this story is extremely heavy on the sex metaphors. This ended up being one massiv ...more
Peter Tieryas
Oct 28, 2015 Peter Tieryas rated it it was amazing
"Their voyage wasn’t just an attempt to find the Golden Fleece, but rather a microcosm of the human condition, helpless to the whimsies of deities while struggling to eke out their own positions in society."
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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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