By Anatole Mori

Apollonius Rhodius' epic poem, the Argonautica, is without doubt one of the most crucial and influential literary productions of the Hellenistic interval. This ebook exhibits how the retelling of a heroic event set within the iteration sooner than the Trojan battle engages the political, non secular, and moral dynamics of its day by means of alluding to the real-world context of the early Ptolemaic dynasty in addition to to poetic and different types. via a hegemonic typology that levels from the simply and theocratic to the duplicitous and lawless, Apollonius characterizes the political heirs of Alexander the good as pious, civilized rulers. This interpretation is going past past stories by means of analyzing the political resonance of spiritual task within the poem, and by way of bearing on those formulations (especially the place they main issue Apollonius' departures from his literary predecessors) to the ideological development of Hellenic identification in third-century Egypt.

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