Hercules, My Shipmate

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Author: Graves, Robert von Ranke (1895-1985)

Year: 1945

Publisher: Creative Age Press

Place: New York


x+464pp with frontispiece map, family tree line. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's beige cloth with sea-green and gilt spine and cover in original pictorial jacket. First American edition.

The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts is known to most people in the timeless and ungeographical charm of the nursery versions by Charles Kingsley and Nathaniel Hawthorne. It will therefore probably be new to many readers that eve the most skeptical Greeks and Romans regarded the Argonauts' expedition as sober history, dating it about the year 1225 B.C.; and that, though the original meaning of the mythological language in which some of the episodes were recorded has been forgotten, there was general agreement on the main facts of the voyage. Robert Graves gives full play to the two ruling emotions of the early Greeks - love of food and women, and fear of vengeful ghosts and gods. Hercules, My Shipmate is the savage, relentless and vastly entertaining story of the greatest and earliest European sea adventure. When the Argonauts set forth on their long voyage in quest of the Golden Fleece, they numbered among their crew a champion boxer, a champion archer, a champion swimmer and a champion liar. In addition, Jason their leader had the enviable ability to make all women fall in love with him - and this talent was to prove more useful than any feats of strength or daring. And finally, for good or ill, they were joined at the last minute by the most famous man in all Greece, the champion a everything: Hercules, whose presence never ceased to cause consternation.


Corners bumped. Jacket spine ends and corners lightly chipped, light edge wear with some costed tears else A very good copy in a near fine jacket.

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