Catalogues and genealogies are given. These long lists of objects, places, and people place the finite action of the epic within a broader, universal context. Often, the poet is also paying homage to the ancestors of audience members.
An epithet is a combination of a descriptive phrase and a noun.
It presents a miniature portrait that identifies a person or thing by highlighting a prominent characteristic of that person or thing: “grey-eyed Athena”
Homer repeated his epithets often, so listeners could easily remember and picture the person or thing each time it was mentioned.
It’s all about LOVE ( always has been, always will be!
The subject of love had been treated in the romantic spirit before the time of Apollonius in writings that have perished, but the "Argonautica" is perhaps the first poem the expression of this spirit is developed with elaboration.
John Gardner said: “Jason and Medeia, is about a set of polarities that are in the original myth. It's a modernized version of the same question. First of all, it's the polarity of male and female. Jason is archetypically male and Medeia archetypically female and that's a question which has become very interesting because sexuality these days is a front question for philosophy. It's also a book about mystical intuition.”
Gardner retells the ancient story of Jason and Medeia
Gardner’s book is a verse epic in twenty-four books complete with a council in heaven and a catalogue of heroes, the cast featuring a blind seer, Harpies and Sirens, an enchanted ship, and fire-breathing bulls. It is a mythological quest poem (the quest of the Golden Fleece) and a romantic tragedy rolled into one.
(also known as "heroic hexameter") it is a form of meter in poetry or a rhythmic scheme. It is traditionally associated with classical epic poetry in both Greek and Latin, and was consequently considered to be the Grand Style of classical poetry. The premier examples of its use are Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.