That is, Homer is certainly an Argonautic
parergon here, but the Iliad passage informs the reading of the Hellenistic poem as a parergon, in the first instance, of Bacchylides' fifth epinician, which is itself an Argonautic
parergon of greater proximity.
The process of succession is represented by the two most prominent members of the Argonautic crew, Hercules and Jason.
Valerius obviously followed Apollonius in choosing as the primary theme of his epic the Argonautic expedition.
51) At the outset of the Argonautic expedition, Jupiter asserts that by his will power will pass from Asia to Greece and thence to |gentes .
In the seventh book, Aeetes bitterly summarises the Argonautic expedition in terms that look forward to the eventual fall of Asia to Greece:
Before Apollonius, the question of Hercules' participation in the Argonautic mission had been much disputed within the poetic tradition.
42) This infusion constitutes nothing less than an appeal to the foundational authority of the "first and greatest" of the epic poets, and inevitably results in a significant reconceptualization of the Argonautic myth.
He also follows the lead of certain earlier writers, including Herodotus and Lycophron, who adduced the Argonautic expedition as one of the causes of the Trojan war.
In addition to fashioning his narrative as a Homoeric "pre-text," Valerius reformulates many Argonautic episodes along precise Homeric lines, (71) by using the Iliad and the Odyssey as vast reservoirs of archetypal scenes and episodes to be reappropriated according to the aesthetic or thematic exigencies of the narrative moment.