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By William G. Thalmann

Even supposing 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 renowned to many readers and students. This publication explores the poem's relation to the stipulations of its writing in 3rd century BCE Alexandria, the place a multicultural surroundings reworked the Greeks' knowing of themselves and the area. 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 elevated probabilities and the anxieties spread out while definitions of Hellenism and bounds among Greeks and others have been uncovered to query. imperative to this main issue 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 even as certified. Its limits are uncovered, and the indicators with which the Argonauts mark area through their passage safeguard 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 by way of contemplating Alexandria itself as an area that accommodated either Greek and Egyptian cultures.

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