The Argonautika: The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 47 pages of analysis & critique of The Argonautika: The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece.
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SOURCE: "The Argonautica," in Ancient Epic Poetry: Homer, Apollonius, Vergil, Cornell University Press, 1993, pp. 187-218.

In the following excerpt, Beye explores the literary background of the Argonautica, outlines the plot of the work, and argues that its difficult structure and unanswered questions create difficulties for readers.

She would have taken out her soul from her
  breast,
and given it to him, so thrilled was she at his
  desiring her.
Desire cast its sweet flame out from Jason's
  blond head;
It captured her gleaming eyes. Her wits
  relaxed in the warmth,
melting, fading, as the dew fades, warmed in
  dawn's early rays.
—Argonautica 3.1016-21
Relentless Love, great bane of the human
  race, abomination,
from you comes destructive strife, come
  groans and lamentations,
from you come countless woes to trouble and
  cause confusion.
Argonautica 4.445-47

Tradition had it that the sixth-century Athenian tyrant Pisistratus established the custom of reciting the...

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