Jason and the Argonauts (Paperback)

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Jason and the Argonauts (Paperback)

By Apollonius of Rhodes, Aaron Poochigian (Translated by), Benjamin Acosta-Hughes (Introduction by), Benjamin Acosta-Hughes (Notes by)

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The first new Penguin Classics translation of the Argonautica since the 1950s

Now in a riveting new verse translation, Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica) is the only surviving full account of Jason’s voyage on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece aided by the sorceress princess Medea. Written in the third century B.C., this epic story of one of the most beloved heroes of Greek mythology, with its combination of the fantastical and the real, its engagement with traditions of science, astronomy and medicine, winged heroes, and a magical vessel that speaks, is truly without parallel in classical or contemporary Greek literature and is now available in an accessible and engaging translation.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Apollonius of Rhodes published his first version of the Argonautica sometime in the middle of the third century B.C. At the end of his life he was director of the famous Library of Alexandria, which was the principal storehouse of all pagan literature and learning.

Aaron Poochigian, born in 1973, is a poet and an associated lecturer in Classics at The Ohio State University and has translated the Penguin Classics edition of Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments by Sappho, as well as works by Aeschylus and Aratus. He lives in New York City.
 
Benjamin Acosta-Hughes
is Professor of Greek and Latin at The Ohio State University. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Arion’s Lyre: Archaic Lyric into Hellenistic Poetry.
Product Details ISBN: 9780143106869
ISBN-10: 0143106864
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics
"Consistently fascinating, an amalgam of the mythic and the modern with an occasion dash of Baron Munchausen or Marvel Comics.”
—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

“An accessible, nimble, and often beautiful edition of Apollonios Rhodios’s epic.”
Tor.com

"At every turn, Poochigian...improves on every English-language translation of the Argonautica that’s come before him.

 

Open Letters Monthly

"Aaron Poochigian’s new translation of Apollonius of Rhodes’ Jason & the Argonauts demands to be read aloud—lines of perfect, unforced iambic pentameter make it as lyrical as Shelley or Frost." 
 —Smartish Pace