n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Jason's departure : Apollonius Rhodius and heroism

Volume 36 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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This paper will examine Apollonius' treatment of the beginnings of that ancient adventure: the quality of the crew, the 'tone' of passages describing the start of the expedition, and in particular the details of the parting of Jason (the expedition's nominal leader) from his family and his country. In this way, we may obtain a clear indication of what Apollonius is doing with the fundamentally 'primitive' material that he has chosen to handle-material stretching back through many predecessors to a time before Homer.

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