Prof. Helen Lovatt (Nottingham) Argonauts: Myth and Reception

A Department of Classics and Ancient History seminar
Date10 January 2018
Time17:00
PlaceExeter College, Hele Road

The myth of Jason and the Argonauts has been told and retold since its very beginnings. It was already a well known story before the Odyssey. But when does a myth cease to function as myth and become crystallised by its most famous versions? For the tale of the Argonauts, the versions of Apollonius and Euripides’ Medea are crucial. This paper explores the interface between myth and reception in the Argonautic tradition by looking at a number of case studies: Charles Kingsley and the Orphic Argonautica, Robert Graves and his Greek Myths, and the influence of the 1963 Harryhausen movie ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ on recent children’s literature. CA Southwest Lecture, in association with the Hellenic Society.


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