The 408 dactylic hexameters of Catullus 64, an epithalamium occupying the very center of the poet's slim yet hugely influential corpus, honor the wedding of the future parents of Achilles, the mortal Argonautic
hero Peleus and the goddess Thetis.
4) This was not the only reference to the Argonautic
myth in this trial; Atratinus called Caelius `pulchellulum Iasonem', and was himself cast as `Pelia cincinnatus' by Caelius (see Austin on 18.
When treating individual lines on the cloak (and other passages discussed), Thiel examines the relationship between the Argonautic
text and its models, especially Homeric, and here too he makes good on his promise to approach ecphrasis in the context of contemporary poetics.
The puzzling motif of Jonah's flight, however, is connected to the Argonautic
cycle of stories in two ways.
In accounts of the Argonautic
expedition, Ancaeus became helmsman of the Argo after the death of Tiphys.
It reminds me of the Argonautic
expedition, and would inspire the dullest to take flight over Parnassus.
parergon is a double simile that appears in the account of the outrage of the Colchians at the discovery of Medea's aid to Jason in securing the golden fleece.