Albis, Robert V. Poet and Audience in the “Argonautica” of Apollonius. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1996. This short study of the poet’s major work concentrates on the rhetorical position of the poet relative to his audience, with significant attention paid to poetic performance as a point of scholarly inquiry. In addition, Albis examines the figure of the poet and the inscribed audience in the poem.
Apollonius Rhodius. The Argonautika. Translated with an introduction, commentary, and glossary by Peter Green. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
Beye, Charles Rowan. Ancient Epic Poetry: Homer, Apollonius, Virgil. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1993. The section on Apollonius examines his relationship to his literary patrons, including the Greek scholar Callimachus, and to the cultural milieu of ancient Alexandria. The study offers a significantly original interpretation of the Argonautica and counters ancient critical theories characterizing Apollonius’s major work as both derivative and flawed.
Clauss, James Joseph. The Best of the Argonauts: The Redefinition of the Epic Hero in Book One of Apollonius’ “Argonautica.” Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. This study presents the argument that Apollonius’s major poem demonstrates a shift in the popular definition of heroism in ancient Greece, away from the notion of the protagonist as an autonomous superhero and toward later concepts of the protagonist as a tool of fate.
Hutchinson, G. O. Hellenistic Poetry. New York: Clarendon Press, 1988. This study adopts a necessarily broader view to position each of its subjects within the main currents of ancient Greek literature and culture and its impact on later Roman writers. The discussion of Apollonius Rhodius is fairly general.
Hunter, R. L. The Argonautica of Apollonius: Literary Studies. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Papanghelis, Theodore, and Antonios Renggkos. A Companion to Apollonius Rhodius. Boston: Brill, 2001. An anthology of scholarly articles borrowing heavily from various literary theories, this work examines subjects such as Hellenistic poetry and genres such as epic poetry and includes character studies of Jason and Medea.