Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

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

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143106869
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


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.


“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.”

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

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