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Ancient Greek Epigrams : Major Poets in Verse Translation - Gordon L. Fain

Ancient Greek Epigrams

Major Poets in Verse Translation

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After Sappho but before the great Latin poets, the most important short poems in the ancient world were Greek epigrams. Beginning with simple expressions engraved on stone, these poems eventually encompassed nearly every theme we now associate with lyric poetry in English. Many of the finest are on love and would later exert a profound influence on Latin love poets and, through them, all the poetry of Europe and the West. This volume offers a representative selection of the best Greek epigrams in original verse translation. It showcases the poetry of nine poets (including one woman), with many epigrams from the recently discovered Milan papyrus. The translator, Gordon L. Fain, also provides an accessible general introduction describing the emergence of the epigram in Hellenistic Greece, together with short essays on the life and work of each poet and brief explanatory notes for the poems, making this collection an ideal anthology for a wide audience of readers.

"Crisp, clear, and written in 'accessible' English... [Fain has made] another part of classical literature available to the general reader." -- Matthew P. J. Dillon, University of New England, Australia European Legacy

Prefacep. ix
Introduction to Ancient Greek Epigramsp. 1
Anytep. 35
Leonidas of Tarentump. 47
Asclepiadesp. 74
Posidippusp. 91
Callimachusp. 119
Theocritusp. 147
Meleagerp. 159
Philodemosp. 184
Lucilliusp. 207
Selected Bibliographyp. 235
Abbreviationsp. 243
Illustration Creditsp. 245
Index of First Linesp. 247
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ISBN: 9780520265806
ISBN-10: 0520265807
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 2nd August 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.36