Argonautic


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Ar´go`naut´ic


a.1.Of or pertaining to the Argonauts.
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I shall find in him the Foreworld; in his childhood the Age of Gold, the Apples of Knowledge, the Argonautic Expedition, the calling of Abraham, the building of the Temple, the Advent of Christ, Dark Ages, the Revival of Letters, the Reformation, the discovery of new lands, the opening of new sciences and new regions in man.
Colchis was, in fact, the region at the eastern end of the Black Sea and the homeland of Medea, and similarly Hiberia--which does not indicate the Spanish peninsula--was a country bordering Colchis, while Iolcos was a Thessalian town where Medea and Jason dwelled after their return from the Argonautic expedition.
12.55-72) suggests that the poet of the Odyssey may be trying to outdo an older Argonautic epic featuring the Clashing Rocks by including here an alternative path through Scylla and Charybdis.
Among specific topics are the textual transmission and manuscript history, the verbal and narrative art, myth and mythopoesis, philosophical ideas, the figure of Jason as a hero with a sandal and a buskin, Medea from epic to tragedy, Argonautic antagonists and Valerian villains, Virgilian prophecy and the reign of Jupiter, Flaccus and Seneca's tragedies, and Giovan Battist Pio's continuation of the Argonautica.
Noteworthy here is their analysis of how Newton dated the Argonautic Expedition by correlating it with the passage of the colures, the meridians of the celestial sphere that intersect each other at the poles and pass through the equinoxes and solstices, respectively.
Thirteen chapters treat parallels in the areas of divine councils, theoxeny, romance, spies and the women who help them, wrestling with gods, creation myth, Argonautic myth, sea-monsters and fantastic voyages, combat myths, catabasis, rebellious followers, the depiction of impious men in wisdom literature, the return of the king--unrecognized and abused, and "contained" apocalypse.
Nowhere does she discuss the relation of the Syphilis to classical Latin poetry (except for a few references to Lucretius); nowhere does she explain the structural models of the Georgics and, in the third book, of the Aeneid and the Argonautic tradition; nowhere does she direct the reader's attention to Fracastoro's skilful manipulations of his main models and the way in which he seems to avoid and nevertheless includes the true causes of infection; and nowhere does she situate the third book within the literary history of the poems on the discovery of the New World, because she has not taken pains at all to make herself familiar with the relevant literature in languages other than French: for instance, she does not know (and does not quote in the bibliography) W.