Sailing into the past: Encountering the monstrous in Apollonius’ Argonautica
Garcia, Edgar Adrian
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This thesis will investigate two places lying just outside the Greek world to see what kind of imagined landscape Apollonius creates within the larger literary tradition that is already at his disposal. The two places will be Cyzicus and Crete as there are not only many parallels between the two episodes, but these places also lie just outside of the Greek world. I will argue that Cyzicus and Crete’s locations, as lying outside of the Greek world proper, allows Apollonius to populate both islands with monsters and to therefore mark the two places as distinctly Other.