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    DescriptionThe story of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece is one of the oldest and most familiar tales in classical literature. Apollonius of Rhodes wrote the best-known version, in Greek, in the third century B.C.E. The Latin poet Gaius Valerius Flaccus began his own interpretation of the story in the first century of the Christian era, but he died before completing it. With The Voyage of the "Argo," the acclaimed poet and translator David Slavitt recovers for modern readers the only surviving work of this little-known writer. The result is an engaging rendition of Jason's adventures, of particular interest when compared to the Greek version of the story. While Apollonius' tale offers a subtle psychological study of Medea, Valerius Flaccus' achievement is to present Jason as a more complete and compelling heroic figure. Slavitt, for one, enjoyed the rediscovery immensely-and he invites his readers to do the same. "I am content to let my rendition into English speak for Valerius, but for those whom I imagine standing in an aisle of a library or bookstore, trying to decide, I can offer some reassurance. This piece is playful, unpredictable, oddly contrarian, sometimes almost mannerist. Valerius' description in book 8 of Medea's putting the serpent to sleep so Jason can filch the fleece involves a gesture no other Latin poet I know would have thought to try-a brief moment in Medea's head when she allows herself to feel sorry for the snake...It is this kind of droll surprise that drew me to undertake the translation of a work that is not, I freely confess, well known."-David Slavitt


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    Title
    The Voyage of the "Argo"
    Subtitle
    The Argonautica of Gaius Valerius Flaccus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gaius Valerius Flaccus, Translated by David R. Slavitt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 180
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 273 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801861789
    ISBN 10: 0801861780
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 640
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    DC22: 873/.01
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A24202500
    DC22: 873.01
    DC21: 873.01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190, POE008000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: PA6791.V4 E65 1999, 99022584
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DB, NHC, DCF
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    19 October 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than sixty books. He is co-editor of the Johns Hopkins Complete Roman Drama in Translation series and the Penn Greek Drama Series. His translations include the Metamorphoses of Ovid, The Fables of Avianus, and Seneca: The Tragedies, vols. 1 and 2, all available from Johns Hopkins.
    Review quote
    A playful version of Valerius that is accessible and enjoyable. -- Robert V. Albis New England Classical Journal