5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Shorter, sweeter and varied in theme,
This review is from: Jason and the Golden Fleece (The Argonautica) (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Having seen the Jason London movie many years earlier, his face stuck in my mind as the hero for most part of reading this book. This beats the classical mythology canon in Apollonius' shorter, less convoluted and more modern plot, being written some 700 years after Homer. Although the actual mythological plotline is a much older tale than the story of Troy.
I enjoyed this story immensely, and wrote my final essay on the book. It reads much like an adventure/travel story among the hero and his friends, on a voyage to locate/redeem the Golden Fleece. They travel through the Mediterranean and ancient parts of Greece, Europe and Africa, emerging from obstacles and dangers, including the famous crashing rocks. Not withstanding the story's ancience and style of writing, it could easily be adapted to a modern movie setting, or children's flick like 'The Treasure Planet'.
The fourth and final chapter, with the entrance of Medea and her falling for Jason is a classical love story of its times. Read Euripides' 'Medea' to get the more gory, alternative ending to this mythological (happier) tale when Medea and Jason get married, some 10 years down the line.