Creative Selectivity in Apollonius' Argonautica.
Hakkert, Amsterdam, 1993. 82p. Sewn. Upper corner a bit bumped. With author's dedication on free endpaper. (Rare). 'The interpretation of the Argonautica has developed rapidly in the past generation, and the complexity and brilliance of the poem has become ever clearer. In the context of recent scholarship, Jackson's brief monograph, consisting of studies of Apollonius' sources and his modifications of them in five episodes, is something of a throwback to earlier concerns. (...) Jackson's goals are modest, and his analyses are sometimes useful. (...) Jackson makes a plea for regarding Jason not as a failed hero but as a normal human being thrust uncomfortably into a heroic poem (30): 'As a Hellenistic hero Jason is, in fact, not a hero of non-human proportions at all, but a man, with all man's qualities and faults.... Apollonius' Argonautica is a work of Hellenistic sensibility composed within the traditional framework of epic convention, motif and idiom.' (JAMES E.G. ZETZEL in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 95.03.11). From the library of the late Prof. W. Geoffrey Arnott.