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 recognition he went to Rhodes the place he not just did good as a rhetorician but in addition made successful 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 without doubt one of the greater minor epics, striking for originality, powers of statement, honest feeling, and depiction of romantic love. His Jason and Medea are ordinary and fascinating, and did a lot to motivate Virgil (in a really diversified atmosphere) within the fourth ebook of the Aeneid.
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