Apollonius Rhodius

Apollonius Rhodius was a Hellenistic poet, who lived in the third century, BC.  He is one of only a few of the Hellenistic poets, whose work still exists today.  He was born in Alexandria, but spent the later half of his life in Rhodes.  His primary work is the Argonautica, which tales the story of Jason and the Argonauts.  This was the first great epic tale written since the time of Homer.  Although an epic tale, the Argonautica features the love story between Jason and Medea, something absent from both they Iliad and the Odyssey.


  1. Oxford Concise Companion to Classical Literature.  ed.  Howatson and Chilvers.  Oxford.  New York, 1993.