Apollonius Rhodius: Argonautica (Loeb Classical Library #1) by Apollonius Rhodius, R. C. Seaton

By Apollonius Rhodius, R. C. Seaton

Apollonius was once a Greek grammarian and epic poet of Alexandria in Egypt and lived past due within the third century and early within the second century BCE. whereas nonetheless younger he composed his extant epic poem of 4 books at the tale of the Argonauts. while this paintings did not win attractiveness he went to Rhodes the place he not just did good as a rhetorician but additionally made a hit of his epic in a revised shape, for which the Rhodians gave him the 'freedom' in their urban; consequently his surname. On returning to Alexandria he recited his poem back, to applause. In 196 Ptolemy Epiphanes made him the librarian of the Museum (the college) at Alexandria.

Apollonius's Argonautica is among the larger minor epics, extraordinary for originality, powers of commentary, honest feeling, and depiction of romantic love. His Jason and Medea are typical and fascinating, and did a lot to encourage Virgil (in a really diverse environment) within the fourth ebook of the Aeneid.

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How many nightmares they can conjure up! 105 How thoroughly they can upset your way Of life, and wreck your happiness with fear! Of course: for if men knew that there would be A definite conclusion to their pains, They might be able to resist the priests And face the threats of poets and of seers. 110 But as it is men do not have the way, The power to resist: they are compelled To fear eternal punishment in death. They do not know the nature of the soul. Is the soul born? Or, on the other hand, Does it insinuate itself, at birth?

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