Shared Responsibility and Emotional Intelligence in Apollonius of Rhodes&#8217; <span class="hi-italic">Argonautica</span>

Shared Responsibility and Emotional Intelligence in Apollonius of Rhodes’ Argonautica

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Abstract

This case studies Apollonius of Rhodes’s portrayal of Jason as a reluctant but effective manager. The Argonautica (3rd cent. B.C.E.) is the story of Jason’s obligation to bring the legendary Golden Fleece back to King Pelias. Jason is joined on this quest by many other Greek heroes, named Argonauts. Jason resembles a modern manager who must learn to manage a team of specialists who bring different talents to a project. Jason, unlike many of the Argonauts who are the descendants of gods, has no particular powers. As he becomes the leader of this diverse group, he must learn how to manage them in every new situation they encounter. Some experts have interpreted Jason as a weak leader, but when we analyze his actions and emotions through the lens of emotional intelligence, we can see the ways that Apollonius examines the processes of managing and utilizing the talents of a diverse group.

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