The Argonautica eBook

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Leipzig, 1810-1813, 2 vols., 8vo.  A second edition of Brunck by G.H.  Schaefer, with the Florentine and Parisian Scholia, the latter printed for the first time.

Leipzig, 1828, 8vo, by A. Wellauer, with the Scholia, both Florentine and Parisian.

Paris, 1811, 4to, by F.S.  Lehrs, with a Latin version.  In the Didot series.

Leipzig, 1852, 8vo, by R. Merkel, “ad cod.  MS. Laurentianum.”  The Teubner Text.

Leipzig, 1854, 2 vols., 8vo, by R. Merkel.  The second volume contains Merkel’s prolegomena and the Scholia to L, edited by H. Keil.

Oxford, 1900, 8vo, by R.C.  Seaton.  In the “Scriptorum Classicorum Bibliotheca Oxoniensis” series.

The text of the present edition is, with a few exceptions, that of the Oxford edition prepared by me for the Delegates of the Clarendon Press, whom I hereby thank for their permission to use it.

The English translations of Apollonius are as follows:—­

By E.B.  Greene, by F. Fawkes, both 1780; by W. Preston, 1803.  None of these are of value.  There is a prose translation by E.P.  Coleridge in the Bohn Series.  The most recent and also the best is a verse translation by Mr. A.S.  Way, 1901, in “The Temple Classics.”

I may also mention the excellent translation in French by Prof.  H. de La Ville de Mirmont of the University of Bordeaux, 1892.

Upon Alexandrian literature in general Couat’s Poesie Alexandrine, sous les trois premiers Ptoletmees, 1882, may be recommended.  Susemihl’s Geschichte der Griechischen Litteratur in der Alexandinerzeit, 2 vols., 1891, is a perfect storehouse of facts and authorities, but more adapted for reference than for general reading.  Morris’ Life and Death of Jason is a poem that in many passages singularly resembles Apollonius in its pessimistic tone and spirit.





Invocation of Phoebus and cause of the expedition (1-22).—­Catalogue of the Argonauts (23-233).—­March of the heroes to the port:  farewell of Jason and Alcimede (234-305).—­Preparations for departure and launching of Argo:  sacrifice to Apollo:  prediction of Idmon (306-447).—­The festival, insolence of Idas, song of Orpheus and departure (448-558).—­Voyage along the coast of Thessaly and across to Lemnos (559-608).—­Recent history of Lemnos and stay of the Argonauts there:  farewell of Jason and Hypsipyle (609-909).—­Voyage from Lemnos by Samothrace to the Propontis:  reception by the Doliones of Cyzicus (910-988).—­Fight against the Giants:  departure and return of the Argonauts to Cyzicus:  sacrifice to Rhea on Mt.  Dindymum (989-1152).—­Arrival among the Mysians:  rape of Hylas, which is announced to Heracles (1153-1260).—­While Heracles and Polyphemus search for Hylas they are left behind (1261-1328).—­The fate of Heracles and Polyphemus:  arrival of Argo among the Bebrycians (1329-1362).


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