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3.0 out of 5 stars Latin Adaptation of Apollonius' Greek Original 16 Nov. 2015
By Johannes Platonicus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is very likely that few people outside the republic of Latin letters have ever heard of Valerius Flaccus, the first century poet/pontiff from Spain, while nearly everyone has heard of Jason, the Argonauts, and their voyage to the mysterious and dangerous land of Colchis in search for the Golden Fleece. This is so because history has not been so kind as to furnish us with many details concerning the life of Flaccus, yet she has been generous enough to hand us his sweeping epic, the Argonautica. Of course, this work is not the original; it is only a Latin adaptation of Apollonius of Rhodes' Argonautica, written in Greek some four centuries earlier. Regardless of this, Flaccus' Latin gloss has its moments of originality, as old themes are reworked into new contexts. And Flaccus' versification and style strives to emulate that of the greats from the Augustan Age, making his narrative to flow freely and hold the reader in a spell from book to book. Valerius Flaccus is one of those unique Silver Age poet's whose life and work has been buried by the dust of time. This Latin version of the Argonautica is a treasure lying in wait to be discovered.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... to Appolonius Rhodius but I think this is a fine piece of SIlver Age Latin and is very entertaining ... 18 Nov. 2015
By Joseph D. Gerencser - Published on Amazon.com
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They say Valerius Flaccus does not measure up to Appolonius Rhodius but I think this is a fine piece of SIlver Age Latin and is very entertaining (even though the end of the work is missing). It is good to compare the Greek of Appolonius with Valerius's Latin poem on the same subject, i.e. the quest for the Golden Fleece. Also interesting to read is the Renaissance poet, Maffeo Vegio's take on this same subject matter in his Latin mini-epic. Apparently Vegio conceived of his poem before Valerius Flaccus was rediscovered in the mid 15th century. If you like Vergil and Ovid you will like Valerius Flaccus.
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