By Edited by Theodore D. Papanghelis and 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 USA. Their contributions disguise quite a lot of concerns from the historical past of the textual content and the issues of the poet's biography via questions of fashion, literary method and intertextual relatives to the epic's library and cultural reception. the purpose is to provide an summary of the scholarly dialogue in those components and supply a survey of traits in Apollonian experiences.
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His use of maps has always been assumed, but it was established for the first time with textual evidence by Glei—NatzelGlei (1996). Shipbuilding and navigation have not been taken seri- OUTLINES OF APOLLONIAN SCHOLARSHIP 1955-1999 25 ously as scientific areas (with the notable exception of Lehmann ): one thinks of the launch of Argo or sailing by the shadow of Athos which is visible as far as Myrine in Lemnos (it is not discussed in Livrea ); the view of the Argo-Nautica as "a nautical epos" (Rostropowicz ) does not seem to have generated any interest.
Most studies in the area of cultural history concentrate on particular points which are not applied to the interpretation of the epic as a whole. Some examples: Markovich (1969) discusses the rituals Jason performs on the corpse of Apsyrtos ("blood-brotherhood with the dead man") but does not touch on the implicit moral question; Smid (1970) interprets the tidal wave in the passage through the Clashing Rocks as a "tsunami", a natural phenomenon, without drawing any conclusion as to the navigational achievements of the Argonauts; Werner (1980) correctly points out that Kirke and Medea talk in the language of the Colchians so that Jason cannot understand them, but does not relate it to the KOIVT) spoken elsewhere in the epic; Kessels (1982) studies the dreams in the Argonautica without deducing a conception of dreaming peculiar to Apollonius and based on post-Aristotelian science.
The parallels, which in many respects represent two different versions of the stories, have understandably led to the question which of the two contemporary poets creatively used or "corrected" the other. A table of the conceivable possibilities may be drawn up, with individual works assigned to the various combinations, in some such manner: chronological priority of Theocritus in the Hylas and Amykos stories: Kohnken (1965; cf. also his article in the present volume); chronological priority of Apollonius in the Hylas and Amykos stories: Fuchs (1969); chronological priority of Apollonius in the Hylas story (no pronouncement on Amykos): Webster (1963), Serrao (1965), Pulbrook (1983), Palombi (1985), Effe (1992); chronological priority of Theocritus in the Hylas story (no pronouncement on Amykos): Trankle (1963), Bernsdorn°(1994); chronological priority of Apollonius in the Amykos story (no pronouncement on Hylas): Hagopian (1955); chronological priority of Theocritus in the Amykos story (no pronouncement on Hylas): Lenk (1984), etc.