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The Argonautika by Apollonius of Rhodes
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Oct 17, 2009

it was amazing
Read in October, 2009

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 less vivid. Has some great descriptions, though, and I particularly liked the part in Aiêtês’s kingdom.

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