This major study of the aeneids indebtedness to the argonautica of apollonius rhodius follows on from gn knauers monumental study of homeric influence on vergil die aeneis und homer 1964. This study of the aeneids indebtedness to the argonauica of apollonius rhodius follows on from gn knauers monumental study of homeric influence on vergil die aeneis und homer 1964. Apollonius of rhodes ancient greek apollnios rhdios latin apollonius rhodius fl first half of 3rd century bce was an ancient greek author best known for the argonautica an epic poem about jason and the argonauts and their quest for the golden fleece. Virgils debt to homer is well known but as this detailed and specialised analysis demonstrates apollonius rhodius argonautica itself influenced by homer was a more immediate source assuming prior knowledge of the texts greek and latin damien. Vergil also as nelis shows pondered deeply on the structure of apollonius poem and the aeneid comments on and reworks not only the broad outline of the iliad and of the odyssey but also and simultaneously that of the argonautica
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