The Path of the Argo: Language, Imagery and Narrative in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius

The Path of the Argo: Language, Imagery and Narrative in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius

Hardback Cambridge Classical Studies

By (author) R.J. Clare


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  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 221mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 10 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521810361
  • ISBN 13: 9780521810364

Product description

In this innovative study of Apollonius Rhodius' influential epic poem from the Hellenistic period, the author aims both to offer fresh insights into popular critical issues and consider it from new perspectives. The principal, unifying concern is the poet's measured and complex use of language and the manipulation of meaning generated therewith. The first part presents a detailed analysis of the poem's constantly shifting commentary on the voyage of the Argo as articulated throughout all four books of the poem, and the conflicting strategies according to which the epic journey of the Argonauts is presented for interpretation. The second part of the book identifies hitherto unexplored descriptive, thematic and image-related rhythms within the narrative, which serve both to bind the poem together and to generate further complexities of meaning. Accessible to non-specialists, with all Greek quotations accompanied by an English translation.

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Author information

R. J. Clare is currently Lecturer in Classics at the University of Leeds. He was educated in Dublin and Cambridge and has held a research fellowship at the University of Manchester and a lectureship at the University of Durham. He is the author of articles on Homer, Apollonius Rhodius, Catullus and Virgil.

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Review of the hardback: '... the only way to fully appreciate this book is reading it from cover to cover ... Clare is a writer of considerable skill and finesse ... the greatest merit of this book is perhaps in Clare's individual close readings of verbal and thematic links between passages, both intra- and intertextual ...I found Clare's interpretations invariably stimulating ... The Path of the Argo has many things to say about many topics, and should be on the reading list of all interested in the Argonautica.' BMCR

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. There and Back Again: 1. Epic beginnings; 2. Outward bound; 3. Other journeys; 4. Homeward bound; Part II. Order and Disorder: 5. Patterns of action; 6. Orpheus and Medea; 7. Poetics and rhetoric.