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By Anatole Mori

Apollonius Rhodius' epic poem, the Argonautica, is among the most crucial and influential literary productions of the Hellenistic interval. This publication exhibits how the retelling of a heroic experience set within the new release sooner than the Trojan conflict engages the political, spiritual, and moral dynamics of its day by way of alluding to the real-world context of the early Ptolemaic dynasty in addition to to poetic and different versions. via a hegemonic typology that levels from the simply and theocratic to the duplicitous and lawless, Apollonius characterizes the political heirs of Alexander the nice as pious, civilized rulers. This interpretation is going past prior stories through analyzing the political resonance of spiritual job within the poem, and by means of referring to those formulations (especially the place they situation Apollonius' departures from his literary predecessors) to the ideological building of Hellenic identification in third-century Egypt.

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