The Voyage of the Argo and Other Modes of Travel in Apollonius' Argonautica Public Deposited

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  • McPhee, Brian
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
  • This thesis analyzes the Argo as a vehicle for travel in Apollonius’ Argonautica: its relative strengths and weaknesses and ultimately its function as the poem’s central mythic paradigm. To establish the context for this assessment, the first section surveys other forms of travel in the poem, arranged in a hierarchy of travel proficiency ranging from divine to heroic to ordinary human mobility. The second section then examines the capabilities of the Argo and its crew in depth, concluding that the ship is situated on the edge between heroic and human travel. The third section confirms this finding by considering passages that implicitly compare the Argo with other modes of travel through juxtaposition. The conclusion follows cues from the narrator in proposing to read the Argo as a mythic paradigm for specifically human travel that functions as a metaphor for a universal and timeless human condition.
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  • O'Hara, James
  • Baragwanath, Emily
  • Race, William H.
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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