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. whilst this paintings didn't win recognition he went to Rhodes the place he not just did good as a rhetorician but in addition made a hit of his epic in a revised shape, for which the Rhodians gave him the 'freedom' in their urban; therefore 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 likely one of the higher minor epics, extraordinary for originality, powers of commentary, honest feeling, and depiction of romantic love. His Jason and Medea are typical and fascinating, and did a lot to motivate Virgil (in a really varied surroundings) within the fourth e-book of the Aeneid.
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Zürich: Weidmann 1984. The standard German commentary, this is a reprint of the 1930 edition with an updated bibliography. R. G. M. Nisbet and Margaret Hubbard. A Commentary on Horace: Odes Book I. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970. The standard scholarly commentary, 488 pages on thirty-eight odes. Exhaustive, encyclopedic, and essential to the close study of any ode in Book 1, but sometimes unpersuasive in its literary judgments. R. G. M. Nisbet and Margaret Hubbard. A Commentary on Horace: Odes Book II.
ISBN 0-8061-2374-5 I. Garrison, Daniel H. II. Horace. Epodi. 1991. III. Title. IV. 01dc20 91-3224 CIP Horace: Epodes and Odes, A New Annotated Latin Edition is Volume 10 of the Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Maps 14 courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art. Excerpt from Alexandria by Edward Morgan Forster, copyright © 1961 by Edward Morgan Forster.
The choice of Sermones, literally talks, as Horace's first literary medium confirmed a tendency that remained a feature of his Odes and Epistles. All share a conversational quality that verges on the dramatic. Most of the Odes are addressed to a person, who is usually named. Some of these are real people, others are types; rhetorical questions and other verbal nudges remind us we are listening to part of a conversation, and exclamations add a note of spontaneity. There is sometimes a hint or two about the dramatic setting, particularly if the poem is symposiac or a love poem, but as a rule the details are left to our imagination.