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This is a commentary on the third book of Apollonius' Argonautica, one of the most influential and admired products of the Hellenistic era. The author sets out to deal comprehensively with all important aspects of the work; in particular, proper attention is paid for the first time to the poet's constant manipulation of the two Homeric epics; many thorny problems of text and interpretation are examined afresh; and a wealth of hitherto unadduced illustrative material drawn from Greek and Roman poetry of various genres and periods is used to shed light on a number of issues.
The volume closes with a series of detailed digestive indexes dealing with diction, models and imitations, language and style, metre, transmission, mythology, religion, geography, ethnography and aetiology.
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Malcolm Campbell, Ph.D. (1975), is Reader in Greek in the University of St Andrews. His numerous publications on Hellenistic and Imperial Greek poetry include commentaries on Moschus and Quintus Smyrnaeus, studies on Apollonius Rhodius, and a lexicon to Triphiodorus.Review:
'In short, my overall impression is that the quality of this commentary is very high indeed....Brill has produced a beautiful book, and Campbell an important contribution to Apollonian studies.'
James J. Clauss, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 1995.
'Splendide travail que celui de MC, un philologue bien connu des lecteurs de poésie alexandrine et tardive, et qui nous livre ici la première partie d'un commentaire du célèbre troisième chant des Argonautiques d'Apollonios de Rhodes.'
André Hurst, Museum Helveticum, 1995.
'This book [...] will surely become the standard work on Book 3 for many years to come.'
Jenny March, Greece & Rome, 1995.
André Hurst, Schweizerische Zeitschrift für klassische Altertumswissenschaft, 1995.
'L'exposé est toujours clair, concis, solidement argumenté; il aboutit à des conclusions fermes et le plus souvent convaincantes...La présentation matérielle de l'ouvrage est presque impeccable.'
Francis Vian, Gnomon, 1997.
'Let it be said at once that this is an important addition to scholarship on the Argonautica, and it is to be hoped that all research libraries will have the courage to dig into their pockets for this and the subsequent volumes...a splendid piece of work.'
Richard Hunter, The Classical Review, 1996.
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