By Theodore D. Papanghelis, Antonios Rengakos
This quantity on Appolonius of Rhodes, whose "Argonautica" is the only real full-length epic to outlive from the Hellenistic interval, includes articles through 14 students from throughout Europe and the United States. Their contributions hide a variety of matters from the background of the textual content and the issues of the poet's biography via questions of favor, literary method and intertextual kinfolk to the epic's library and cultural reception. the purpose is to provide an summary of the scholarly dialogue in those components and supply a survey of tendencies in Apollonian experiences.
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The first work that should be mentioned appeared shortly before the beginning of the period this survey covers. In a detailed study of the Homeric text of Apollonius, Erbse (1953) reached the provocative conclusion that Apollonius had no interest in contemporary philology, or that at any rate there is no trace of such interest in the Argonautica. Scholars did not agree with him. On the contrary, it was widely assumed as self-evident that the scholar Apollonius consciously saw the epic language of the Argonautica as intertextual medium of opposition to Homer.
Oxy. 4417 (2nd/3rd cent. 556, transmitted solely by the lexicographic tradition, while the manuscripts have a more common word. 35 Haslam (1978) 63. A list of the Apollonius papyri is to be found at the end of the first part of this article. 28 The departures from the TipoeicSoaic; have no bearing on the plan or structure of the poem as a whole; they affect individual passages, lines or words. g. g. VI 9e66ev). This first observation to the effect that the difference between the two versions of the Argonautica is a matter of style and phrasing rather than of content and structure of the work as a whole is consistent with the testimony of the two biographies which speak of Apollonius polishing up the Argonautica in Rhodes.
I(3iv, yevojievov ex9pov TOO:) KccXXi(j,ocxo\)- f|v 8e oincx; 'AjuoXXcoviot;, 6 ypayou; xa 'ApyovcumKoc, "a poem of deliberate obscurity and abuse against a certain Ibis, who was Callimachus' enemy; this person was Apollonius, the author of the Argonautica"? 5 The marginal note ascribes the anonymous epigram to Apollonius Rhodius. The reason for the controversy is assumed to be Callimachus' judgement on epic in general or at least that particular kind of epic which celebrates the deeds of kings and heroes in a continuous narrative of many thousand lines.
A Companion to Apollonius Rhodius (Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava Supplementum) by Theodore D. Papanghelis, Antonios Rengakos