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By William G. Thalmann

even though Apollonius of Rhodes' awesome epic poem at the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece has began to get the eye it merits, it nonetheless isn't really popular 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 setting reworked the Greeks' realizing 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 improved probabilities and the anxieties spread out while definitions of Hellenism and bounds among Greeks and others have been uncovered to query. critical to this quandary 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 house from a Greek viewpoint that's while certified. Its limits are uncovered, and the symptoms with which the Argonauts mark area through their passage defend the tales in their complicated interactions with non-Greeks. The booklet heavily considers many episodes within the narrative in regards to the Argonauts' redefinition of area and the results in their activities for the Greeks' state of affairs in Egypt, and it ends through contemplating Alexandria itself as an area that accommodated either Greek and Egyptian cultures.

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