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, contains articles through 14 students from throughout Europe and the US. Their contributions conceal quite a lot of matters from the background of the textual content and the issues of the poet's biography via questions of fashion, literary method and intertextual family to the epic's library and cultural reception. the purpose is to offer an overview of the scholarly dialogue in those components and supply a survey of traits in Apollonian experiences.

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The Medieval Tradition Those studying the history of the text of the 5835 lines of the Argonautica can count on a number of excellent works. Pride of place among them takes FrankeFs classification of the manuscripts dating from 1929,43 repeated with small modifications in the introduction to his provocative Oxford edition of 1961 and in the famous Einleitung zur kritischen Ausgabe der Argonautika des Apollonios which appeared in 1964. Some further aspects of the manuscript tradition were subsequently clarified by Speake44 and especially by Vian; the latter Frankel (1929).

Forty years after Drogemuller a new comprehensive work on the similes was published by Reitz (1996). It differs from its predecessor mainly in that it stresses the learned, even scientific character of the similes. Reitz claims that Apollonius' similes, drawing on philosophy, medicine/natural sciences, language/etymology as well as style/style theory, reflect contemporary scientific discoveries and thus go well beyond Homer. What is too brief or totally absent from the work of Reitz is a discussion of the role of the similes in epic narrative and characterization.

4414 (2nd/3rd cent. ) P. Oxy. 4422 (2nd/3rd cent. ) P. Oxy. 4414 (2nd/3rd cent. ), with interlinear glosses P. Oxy. 2696 (2nd cent. ), with interlinear glosses P. Oxy. 4422 (2nd/3rd cent. 1102 f.? 1261-74 GERSON SCHADE - PAOLO ELEUTERI P. Oxy. 2696 (2nd cent. ) PSI 1172 (1st cent. ) PSI 1172 (1st cent. ) P. Oxy. 2692 (1st cent. ) With regard to P. Oxy. 2700, Kingston (1968) 77 notes the strong similarity to PSI 1479: "I should say that 2700 and PSI 1479 are probably to be attributed to the same copyist (a definite statement to this effect is precluded by the small extent of PSI 1479) and may well have belonged to the same roll".

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