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Apollonius Rhodius Argonautica 4 and the epic gaze: there and back again

Lovatt, Helen

Authors

Helen Lovatt helen.lovatt@nottingham.ac.uk



Contributors

Alexandros Kampakoglou
Editor

Anna Novokhatko
Editor

Abstract

The visuality of Apollonius Argonautica is complex and fascinating, and important for understanding that of later Greek and Roman epic. The Argonautica features in The Epic Gaze as the epic that wouldn't, a refusenik of the epic genre, a counterexample. This chapter explores the particular visuality of Apollonius in more depth, by focusing on book 4 and its continuities and divergences from the previous books. In this chapter I re-examine gaze and vision in Apollonius by thinking about the difference between the explorers' gaze and the colonial gaze, between the outward journey and the return, between the Argonauts as objects and subjects. To what extent are the Argonauts a force for order, distinguishable from Herakles as a bringer of chaos? The chapter also re-evaluates the significance of the divine gaze in book 4, where it takes on a new prominence, and explore the epiphanies of book 4. Much of the action in book 4 takes place in darkness, and the chapter investigates the effects of this darkness. How does failure of the gaze relate to narrative control? How does the Argonautica's play with different levels of knowledge and information relate to its exploration of visuality? Finally, 'the gaze' may not necessarily be straightforwardly visual, and the chapter pursues the connection between vision and the other senses in Apollonius book 4.

Publication Date Mar 7, 2018
Publisher De Gruyter
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 54
Pages 88-112
Series Title Trends in classics - supplementary volumes
Series Number 54
Book Title Gaze, vision and visuality in ancient Greek literature
ISBN 978-3-11-057128-8
APA6 Citation Lovatt, H. (2018). Apollonius Rhodius Argonautica 4 and the epic gaze: there and back again. In A. Novokhatko, & A. Kampakoglou (Eds.), Gaze, vision and visuality in ancient Greek literature, 88-112. De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110571288-005
DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110571288-005
Publisher URL https://www.degruyter.com/view/books/9783110571288/9783110571288-005/9783110571288-005.xml
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Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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