Apollonius Rhodius

Suda: Apollonius Rhodius. The Suda is a medieval Greek encyclopedia, based on earlier sources. Visit the Suda On Line, a wonderful new project.

Translations (online)

R. C. Seaton's 1912 translation of the Argonautica. Electronic edition prepared by Douglas B. Killings for the The Online Medieval and Classical Library. Seaton's is a fairly straightforward prose translation.

Also available in pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format from Penn State's Electronic Classics Series.

Text-only "vanilla" version courtesy The Bralyn Archive.

Translations (offline)

Amazon. The Argonautika . Translated by Peter Green (Hellenistic Culture and Society, No 25). Green always produces a translation that is both faithful to the original and in good English. I particularly recommend the long, scholarly (but engrossing) introduction. Going against recent scholarly grain, Green pushes Appolonius' un-Alexandrian elements. The preface has a great slap at E. V. Rieu's (Penguin) translation.

Short review by Danny Yee (Classical literature buff).

Amazon. Richard Hunter's Translation (Oxford World Classics). Scholarly translation that sticks close to the Greek.

Reviewed by Alexander Sens, BMCR 94.10.16. Sens compares it favorably with the Penguin (and Loeb).

Voyage of Argo by Apollonius of Rhodes. Penguin edition, translated by E. V. Rieu.


"Epic and Rhetoric: Speech-making and Persuasion in Homer and Apollonius" by Peter Toohey, Arachnion 1.

Amazon. A Companion to Apollonius Rhodius by Theodore D. Papanghelis, Antonios Rengakos (Mnemosyne Supplement). Brill (publisher) blurb.

Amazon. The Best of the Argonauts : The Redefinition of the Epic Hero in Book 1 of Appollonius's Argonautica by James J. Clauss (Hellenistic Culture and Society, No 10).

Review by Joseph Farrell, BMCR 1995.

Review by Peter Toohey, Electronic Antiquity April 1998. Some critical comments on the notes, but the translation is praised.

Review of Lars Nyberg's Unity and Coherence. Studies in Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica and the Alexandrian Epic Tradition. Reviewed by Ole L. Smith, BMCR 94.05.18. One cringes to imagine how much pain reading this review must have inflicted on the author. Smith skewers Nyberg, for sloppiness, lack of methodology, and unoriginality, concluding he "might" have been able to rework some of the material into a short article. Ouch!

Vergil's Aeneid and Apollonius' Argonautica, mini-essay from the commentary on The Vergil Project.

"Milton and the Sexy Seals: A Peephole into the Horton Years" by John K. Hale, Early Modern Literary Studies 1.3 (1995). Discusses Milton's marginalia in the Alexandra. [mirror]

Malcolm Campbell, A Commentary on Apollonius Rhodius Argonautica III 1-471. Under five-hundred lines for more than one-hundred-and-seventy dollar. Ah, Brill.

Reviewed by James J. Clauss, BMCR 95.03.23.

Another review by Sens, this time on Pietsch's Die Argonautika des Apollonios von Rhodos, on the unity (or disunity) of the Argonautica. BMCR 2000.06.11. Critical.


Apollonius Rhodius bibliography by Martijn Cuypers. Comprehensive.


Web Archive Beautiful image of the first page of a 1496 edition of the Argonautika (Treasures from the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica )

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