By William G. Thalmann

even if Apollonius of Rhodes' remarkable epic poem at the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece has all started to get the eye it merits, it nonetheless isn't renowned to many readers and students. This e-book explores the poem's relation to the stipulations of its writing in 3rd century BCE Alexandria, the place a multicultural surroundings remodeled the Greeks' figuring out of themselves and the realm. Apollonius makes use of the assets of the mind's eye - the parable of the Argonauts' voyage and their encounters with different peoples - to probe the extended chances and the anxieties unfolded while definitions of Hellenism and bounds among Greeks and others have been uncovered to question. relevant to this predicament with definitions is the poem's illustration of area. Thalmann makes use of spatial theories from cultural geography and anthropology to argue that the Argo's itinerary defines area from a Greek standpoint that's even as certified. Its limits are uncovered, and the symptoms with which the Argonauts mark area by way of their passage defend the tales in their advanced interactions with non-Greeks. The booklet heavily considers many episodes within the narrative in regards to the Argonauts' redefinition of area and the consequences in their activities for the Greeks' scenario in Egypt, and it ends through contemplating Alexandria itself as an area that accommodated either Greek and Egyptian cultures.

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