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Apollonius' Argonautica: A Callimachean Epic (Mary Margolies DeForest) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 1994) 9789004100176
Apollonius' Argonautica: A Callimachean Epic (Mary Margolies DeForest) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 1994) 9789004100176
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Title: Apollonius' Argonautica: A Callimachean Epic

Author: DeForest, Mary Margolies

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1994

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004100176

Volumes: 1; Pages: ix, 160

List Price in Cloth: $128.00 Our price: $107.99

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The Argonautica was said to have been the source of a quarrel between Apollonius, who wrote what looks like an epic poem, and Callimachus, who denounced the writing of epic poetry. Although the quarrel did not take place in the real world, its issue controls the poem. The heroes are determined to take part in a Homeric epic, which the Callimachean narrator refuses to write.Drawing on the methods of modern literary theorists but eschewing the jargon, DeForest shows how Apollonius uses the literary dispute in Alexandria to give a three-dimensional quality to his poem. The amusing conflict between heroes and narrator turns serious when the levels of narrative split apart and Medea steps into the gap as a free-standing figure, the forerunner of powerful women in fiction.ContentsCh. 1 The Birdcage Ch. 2 Apollonius, Homer, and Callimachus Ch. 3 Beginning With Apollo Ch. 4 Heracles and Jason Ch. 5 The Three Worlds Ch. 6 Literary Terms Ch. 7 Medea Bewitched Ch. 8 The Awakening Ch. 9 The Golden Fleece Bibliography Index
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