Apollonius of Rhodes (Ancient Greek: Ἀπολλώνιος Ῥόδιος 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. The poem is one of the few extant examples of the epic genre and it was both innovative and influential, providing Ptolemaic Egypt with a "cultural mnemonic" or national "archive of images", and offering the Latin poets Virgil and Gaius Valerius Flaccus a model for their own epics.
Born: Early 3rd century BCE in Alexandria or Naucratis
Died: Late 3rd century BCE in Rhodes (or Alexandria)