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Bion of Smyrna : The Fragments and the Adonis - Bion

Bion of Smyrna

The Fragments and the Adonis

By: Bion, J. D. Reed (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th March 1997
ISBN: 9780521573160
Number Of Pages: 280

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The work of Bion of Smyrna, the late Hellenistic writer of bucolic poetry, survives in seventeen fragments and the longer Epitaph on Adonis. In this edition, J. D. Reed presents a new Greek text of the poems together with a facing translation. The substantial introduction covers Bion's place in the bucolic tradition, his reinterpretation of ritual and myth in the Adonis poem (with attention to its social context), and various aspects of his style. It also includes a detailed examination of the textual transmission. The commentary investigates fully details arising from the texts, with an emphasis on linguistic and literary-historical issues. This is the most comprehensive treatment yet of Bion, his poetry and his place in the literary tradition.

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"...J.D. Reed states: 'My main goal is to place Bion in literary history between the poets he admired and those whom he inspired, and to make clear both his debt to tradition and his originality... Reed has without a doubt achieved exactly what he set out to do and has produced an extremely thorough and very impressive work. Bion was very lucky to have found such a dedicated and enthusiastic commentator. ...Reed has succeeded in showing that Bion is a poet worth paying attention to for the elegance of his work, his contribution to the bucolic genre, and his influence on later writers. I really enjoyed and learned much from this excellent book." J.J. Clauss, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "...a valuable work for those interested in Bion Bucolicus, his poetry, and the myth and ritual surroundings Adonis. Especially for students of ancient Greek literature, poetry, and religion." Religious Studies Review

Bions life
Bion bucolicus
Bion adoniazon
Poems possibly by Bion
Metre and prosody
Some aspects of style
Bions influence
The textual transmission
About the texts and commentaries
Texts and Translations
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ISBN: 9780521573160
ISBN-10: 0521573165
Series: Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 13th March 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.5