Tue, Jan 04|
SASA Mini Reading Group: The Search for the Golden Fleece: Jason and the Argonauts
3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group Tuesdays @ 2pm EST Led by John Haberstroh
Time & Location
Jan 04, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
About the Event
Previous participation and previous knowledge not required.
The Golden Fleece was a magical object held by King Aeetes of Colchis during the age of heroes before the Trojan War. After an omen about being killed by his son–a common trope in Greek mythology–King Pelias of Thessaly sends his son Jason on an impossible quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece.
In this reading group, we will read the Argonautica, a 4-book epic poem written by the Hellenistic scholar Apollonius of Rhodes who was the head of the famous Library of Alexandria during the 3rd century BC. We will consider the twists and turns of their adventure, the “Other” and conceptions of foreignness, conceptions of Greekness, allusions to Homer’s Odyssey, and Hellenistic attitudes toward ancient myth.
Tuesdays @ 2pm EST
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