Paul Derouda wrote:I've read the first 3 books of the Argonautica a couple of years ago but I don't have any recollection of this scene. Btw it would be always nice to give the exact book and line number you're quoting...
Anyway, I'm siding more with Qimmik here and I think this is an imitation of the Homeric simile, where you probably shouldn't try to find any exact correspondence between the story's characters and characters in the simile. The brings to my mind the passage in the Odyssey where Odysseus cries like a woman who has been taken as a captive in war and is being led to slavery (Od. 8.523-531). I think the Homeric simile is more about "setting the audience in the mood", making them feel for the characters. If I remember correctly there is even a passage in Homer where a warriors pains are compared to a woman's birth pangs, and it didn't mean the warrior in question was effeminate or something.
But on the other hand, some caution is always in order with Alexandrian authors, and more "literary" interpretations might also be in order.
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