By Edited by Theodore D. Papanghelis and Antonios Rengakos
This quantity on Appolonius of Rhodes, whose "Argonautica" is the only real full-length epic to outlive from the Hellenistic interval, contains articles by way of 14 students from throughout Europe and the US. Their contributions disguise quite a lot of concerns from the historical past of the textual content and the issues of the poet's biography via questions of favor, literary process and intertextual kinfolk to the epic's library and cultural reception. the purpose is to provide an overview of the scholarly dialogue in those parts and supply a survey of tendencies in Apollonian stories.
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690 (3rd cent. ) P. Oxy. 691 (2nd cent. ) P. Oxy. 2693 (lst/2nd cent. ), with interlinear glosses and marginal scholia P. Oxy. 2693 (lst/2nd cent. ) P. Oxy. 1243 (2nd cent. ) P. Berol. 17020 (7th/8th cent. ) P. Berol. 17020 (7th/8th cent. ) P. Mil. 121 (4th cent. 1398-1406 39 P. Berol. 13248 (5th cent. ) P. Berol. 13248 (5th cent. ) Referring to P. Oxy. 2694, Kingston (1968) 50 notes that there are still unedited parts from Argonautica book 4 in the collection: "A study of them will appear in a later volume".
The commentaries, and especially Frankel's Noten (1968), contain rich relevant material and show Apollonius' tendency to rationalize the supernatural as much as possible: Medea's magical abilities are often presented in terms of advanced knowledge in pharmacology rather than sorcery (as the traditional view goes, which still survives: see Belloni ). g. attempt to classify botanically—following Clark (1968)—plants like the magical herb which sprouted out of Prometheus' blood (the parallel to the Homeric ncbA/i)).
G. about the cd'tia. The latter are also the focus of the comprehensive study by Valverde Sanchez (1989) who, like Deutsch and Fusillo, convincingly interprets the CUTICC as integral, constitutive elements of the epic narrative. Williams (1991) studies landscape in the Argonautica, showing that the close interlacing of landscape description and epic plot turns landscape into an integral element of the narrative. Gummert (1992) undertakes a new attempt to clarify the narrative structure of the Argonautica.