The Argonautica continues, as Jason and the Argonauts prepare to set forth on their epic voyage. Lots of interesting stuff here!
I’m very pleased to be able to read the Argonautica to you. One of my original plans for the podcast was to read this, but I’ve been putting it off for one good reason or another for all this time.
It’s a crime that so many of Western civilization’s founding legends are known to most of us only through a reference work or a Cliff Notes version in one of the many boiled-down books of mythology. Reference works are all very well, but you can’t live on Cliff Notes forever. Nor is it practical to boil down all of Greek epic poetry to Homer alone. I mean, sure, on a desert island you’re good with just Shakespeare and the Bible, but most of us don’t live on desert islands and shouldn’t act like we do.
We are living in the midst of chocolate and steak, and choosing to eat sawdust.