Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts


Introduction by: Benjamin Acosta-Hughes
Translator: Aaron Poochigian
Notes by: Benjamin Acosta-Hughes

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143106869
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The first new Penguin Classics translation of the Argonautica since the 1950s

Now in a riveting new verse translation Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica), is the only surviving full account of Jason’s voyage on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece aided by the sorceress princess Medea. Written in third century B.C., this epic story of one of the most beloved heroes of Greek mythology, with its combination of the fantastical and the real, its engagement with traditions of science, astronomy and medicine, winged heroes, and a magical vessel that speaks, is truly without exact parallel in classical or contemporary Greek literature and is now available in an accessible and engaging translation.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Praise

“Consistently fascinating, an amalgam of the mythic and the modern with an occasion dash of Baron Munchausen or Marvel Comics.”
—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

“An accessible, nimble, and often beautiful edition of Apollonios Rhodios’s epic.”
Tor.com

“At every turn, Poochigian…improves on every English-language translation of the Argonautica that’s come before him.

 

Open Letters Monthly

“Aaron Poochigian’s new translation of Apollonius of Rhodes’ Jason & the Argonauts demands to be read aloud—lines of perfect, unforced iambic pentameter make it as lyrical as Shelley or Frost.” 
 —Smartish Pace

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