(ăp'əlō`nēəs rō`dēəs), fl. 3d cent. B.C., epic poet of Alexandria and Rhodes. He became librarian at Alexandria. His extant work, the Argonautica, is a Homeric imitation in four books on the story of the Argonaut heroes.
Now that Apollonius Rhodius has become not only the subject of a substantial scholarly industry, but also an author widely prescribed in Classical Civilization courses, it is good to see the choice of translations of the poem expanded by Peter Green's (B)(*)The Argonautika.(11) Green uses a kind of free verse, typically lines of five/six beats.
The story of Jason and the Argonauts has captured the imaginations of translators, adapters, movie producers, and pedants, but until now Greekless readers who wanted a faithful English version of the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius had to rely on R.
Romance finds its origins perhaps in late Hellenistic times, having developed from erotic and exotic approaches to literature in Euripides, Menander, and Apollonius Rhodius, but it did not reach full bloom until the age of the Second Sophistic in the second century A.D., when rhetoricians encouraged their students to create improbable human situations rife with problems on which they might conduct debate.