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By William G. Thalmann

even if Apollonius of Rhodes' impressive epic poem at the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece has all started to get the eye it merits, it nonetheless isn't popular 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 atmosphere reworked the Greeks' figuring out 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 extended probabilities and the anxieties unfolded while definitions of Hellenism and bounds among Greeks and others have been uncovered to query. primary to this trouble with definitions is the poem's illustration of house. Thalmann makes use of spatial theories from cultural geography and anthropology to argue that the Argo's itinerary defines house from a Greek point of view that's even as certified. Its limits are uncovered, and the indicators with which the Argonauts mark house by way of their passage defend the tales in their advanced interactions with non-Greeks. The e-book heavily considers many episodes within the narrative in regards to the Argonauts' redefinition of house and the results in their activities for the Greeks' state of affairs in Egypt, and it ends via contemplating Alexandria itself as an area that accommodated either Greek and Egyptian cultures.

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