Argo

Book Club | August 2018: Argonautica, Books 3 & 4

"Hereupon Jason snatched the golden fleece from the oak, at the maiden bidding; and she, standing firm, smeared with the charm the monster's head... so at that time did Jason uplift the mighty fleece in his hands; and from the shimmering of the flocks of wool there settled on his fair cheeks and brow a red flush like a flame." This month we complete our reading of Argonautica with Books… Read more

Book Club | July 2018: Argonautica, Books 1 & 2

"Beginning with thee, O Phoebus, I will recount the famous deeds of men of old, who, at the behest of King Pelias, down through the mouth of Pontus and between the Cyanean rocks, sped well-benched Argo in quest of the golden fleece." In July and August we will be reading the complete Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes. This month we will read Books 1 and 2. Discussion starts in the… Read more

Connections: merimna, the Argo, Jason, and More

Classical Inquiries has published an article by Gregory Nagy asking, "What is on Homer’s mind?" In that posting, Nagy argues that "all humans have on their minds both the ship Argo and the hero Odysseus." A key word for Nagy's argument is merimna, which he defines as a 'care, concern, a troubled thought', or even 'a song that is on one's mind'. We are happy to share a curated selection of passages designed to help readers… Read more