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By Theodore D. Papanghelis, Antonios Rengakos

ISBN-10: 1417536683

ISBN-13: 9781417536689

ISBN-10: 9004117520

ISBN-13: 9789004117525

This quantity on Appolonius of Rhodes, whose "Argonautica" is the only full-length epic to outlive from the Hellenistic interval, contains articles through 14 students from throughout Europe and the United States. Their contributions hide quite a lot of concerns from the background of the textual content and the issues of the poet's biography via questions of favor, literary approach and intertextual family members to the epic's library and cultural reception. the purpose is to provide an summary of the scholarly dialogue in those components and supply a survey of traits in Apollonian reviews.

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The most important are Nelis (1991) about the priestess Iphias, Jackson (1997) about Kleite, the unfortunate widow of Kyzikos, and Korenjak (1997) about Ariadne (who appears only on a secondary level as an example). Medea has attracted considerable attention again only recently, especially in the volume edited by Clauss (1997) which includes three papers on Apollonius' Medea. Finally, the following studies also deserve to be mentioned: Feeney (1991) has an important chapter on the gods in the Argonautica, but he overemphasizes the pessimistic aspects—the goddesses scene in book 3 is definitely among the most cheerful and comic in the entire epic!

The first work that should be mentioned appeared shortly before the beginning of the period this survey covers. In a detailed study of the Homeric text of Apollonius, Erbse (1953) reached the provocative conclusion that Apollonius had no interest in contemporary philology, or that at any rate there is no trace of such interest in the Argonautica. Scholars did not agree with him. On the contrary, it was widely assumed as self-evident that the scholar Apollonius consciously saw the epic language of the Argonautica as intertextual medium of opposition to Homer.

Hopkinson (1988) 182: "If Callimachus appreciated any ev aeiaua Svr|veKe<;, it must have been this one". 14 Lefkowitz (1980); also (1981) 117-35. 15 Pfeiffer (1970) 179, Hutchinson (1988) 86 f, Easterling - Knox (1985) 819 are sceptical too. 16 On the context of the "Alexandrian 'Battle of the Books'" cf. Bulloch, in: Easterling - Knox (1985) 561. 29 For Apollonius' life and work there are four sources: the list of the heads of the Alexandrian Library in P. Oxy. 18 In view of the above, what are the conclusions to be drawn?

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