The Voyage of the Argo The Argonautica of Gaius Valerius Flaccus

The Voyage of the Argo The Argonautica of Gaius Valerius Flaccus

Gaius Valerius Flaccus


The tale of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece is likely one of the oldest and such a lot common stories in classical literature. Apollonius of Rhodes wrote the best-known model, in Greek, within the 3rd century B.C.E. The Latin poet Gaius Valerius Flaccus begun his personal interpretation of the tale within the first century of the Christian period, yet he died ahead of finishing it.

With The Voyage of the "Argo," the acclaimed poet and translator David Slavitt recovers for contemporary readers the single surviving paintings of this little-known author. the result's an enticing rendition of Jason's adventures, of specific curiosity when put next to the Greek model of the tale. whereas Apollonius' story bargains a refined mental learn of Medea, Valerius Flaccus' fulfillment is to offer Jason as a extra whole and compelling heroic determine. Slavitt, for one, loved the rediscovery immensely―and he invitations his readers to do the same.

"I am content material to allow my rendition into English converse for Valerius, yet for these whom I think status in an aisle of a library or bookstall, attempting to make a decision, i will be able to provide a few reassurance. This piece is playful, unpredictable, oddly contrarian, occasionally virtually mannerist. Valerius' description in publication eight of Medea's placing the serpent to sleep so Jason can filch the fleece consists of a gesture no different Latin poet i do know could have suggestion to try―a short second in Medea's head while she permits herself to suppose sorry for the snake... it really is this type of droll shock that drew me to adopt the interpretation of a piece that isn't, I freely confess, good known."―David Slavitt

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