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The Argonautica continues, as Jason sows the dragon’s teeth and fights the warriors of the Earthborn!

Part 16


PS — Don’t forget to watch the “Jason and the Argonauts” episode on the PBS show In Search of Myths and Heroes. It’s on tonight here, so it may be on in your part of the US also.

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Argonautica continues, and so do Medea’s mixed feelings, as she gives Jason the magic potion he needs.

Part 15


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The Ring and the Book continues, as the lawyer for the defense continues to plan his arguments.

Book 8D


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Argonautica continues. Medea must decide whether or not to help Jason, a stranger, and go against the wishes of her own father; or to let him be killed, along with her sister-sons and a whole ship’s crew of heroes.

This is amazing stuff, even in translation, and I really don’t think I did anything near enough justice to it. If anybody out there is looking for a dramatic monologue to perform for speech class or an audition, I suggest you look here. (We don’t normally remember that Medea wasn’t just a princess, priestess, witch, and maniacally vengeful child-murderer; at this point she is a girl in the throes of first love.)

Part 14.


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The Argonautica continues as the Argonauts finally arrive at warm and friendly Colchis, and Eros shoots arrows.

Part 13


I didn’t post the Argonautica segment earlier this week because I had technical difficulties. So I’m posting both that segment and this next week’s segment on Saturday, to make up for it. Enjoy!

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Argonautica continues, as the action shifts to Olympus. Athena and Hera want to help the Argonauts, but they can’t figure out a cunning plan to win the Golden Fleece. They’re pretty sure that Medea could do it, but why would she help a stranger get valuables away from her father? So, goddesses… who ya gonna call?

Part 12:


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The Ring and the Book continues, as Pompilia’s story comes to a close.

Book 7F


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The Argonautica continues, as the Argonauts make a fateful encounter and arrive in Colchis – the land of the Golden Fleece.

Part 11


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The Ring and the Book continues, as Pompilia tells the story of her desperate flight to Rome — a little differently than everybody else.

Book 7E


We should be finished with Pompilia’s book next week. Then there’s two lawyers’ books, the Pope’s book, Guido’s second book, and a wrap-up book. And people wonder why book-length poems went out of fashion. Sheeeeeeesh. Even though it’s all Browning and all good, it’s like asking for one small dessert and being served cake for 24….

On the bright side, Argonautica is fast-paced and beautiful! So I guess I’m the shallow type who prefers action to deep psychological realism.

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Argonautica continues, starting with a ghost and ending with a cliffhanger. Bon voyage!

Part 10: The deadly birds of Ares.


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The Ring and the Book continues (finally). More of Pompilia’s story, as she tells her version of how she met Caponsacchi.

Bk. 7D


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Argonautica continues, as the heroes visit a city at the mouth of the river Acheron. Sounds unlucky, doesn’t it?

Part 9


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Argonautica continues, as we visit the scenic Clashing Rocks and try not to die!

Then we have a moment apparently echoed by Grahame in one of my favorite parts of The Wind in the Willows. Nobody seems to have mentioned this correspondence to me, so I’m pointing it out to you. It was probably too obvious for mention by previous generations, and is now way too obscure for ours. (You know, we miss out on a lot these days by our lack of a good classical education.)

Part 8


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Argonautica continues with another famous scene — the harpies! But this version includes a chase scene….

Part 7


Yep, I’m back on the pixels! My cable/Internet/phone finally came back this morning.

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The Argonautica continues, as we meet an island king who forces all visitors to choose a champion to box with him. Little does he know that onboard the Argo is the greatest boxer in the world, the hero twin Polydeuces! (AKA Pollux of “Castor and”.)

Part 6


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