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Greek Elegiac Poetry : From the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries B.C.  : Loeb Classical Library No. 258 - Douglas E. Gerber

Greek Elegiac Poetry : From the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries B.C.

Loeb Classical Library No. 258

By: Douglas E. Gerber (Transcribed by)

Hardcover Published: 10th June 1999
ISBN: 9780674995826
Number Of Pages: 493

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The Greek poetry of the archaic period that we call elegy was composed primarily for banquets and convivial gatherings. Its subject matter consists of almost any topic, excluding only the scurrilous and obscene. In this completely new Loeb Classical Library edition, Douglas Gerber provides a faithful translation of the fragments and significant testimonia that have come down to us, with full explanatory notes.

Most substantial in this volume is the collection of elegiac verses to which Theognis' name is attached. Drinking and merry-making are frequent themes in these poems; there are also more reflective and philosophic pieces and love poems. Together they offer an interesting picture of an aristocratic man's views about life, friendship, fate, and daily concerns. Also notable in this volume is the martial verse of the Spartan Tyrtaeus and the poetry of Solon, Athens' famous lawmaker.

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These two additions to the Loeb Classical Library ["Greek Iambic Poetry" and "Greek Elegiac Poetry"] will be welcomed by readers at all levels. Archolicus, Hipponax, Solon, the Theognidea, and many others are now accessible as never before...The translations, into prose, are wonderfully clear and readable. All traces of translationese have been removed, or more likely were never there. While the revisions are plain, they are always instructive and can be elegant. It will repay students to read these versions not just as a crib, but to compare them carefully with the Greek. There are surprises and delights for the attentive...Gerber has a gift for finding English that shows how the Greek works...The notes are marvels of condensed information...Gerber throughout the notes writes in a clear, concise, and scrupulous style. In effect he had summarized for his readers a great deal of information about current interpretations and problems of dozens and dozens of fragments...Gerber has distilled an impressive amount of scholarship. That feat, together with the excellence of his translations, makes these volumes among the most distinguished of those recently issued.--H.G. Edinger "Phoenix "

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Bibliographyp. 10
Callinus
testimoniap. 14
textp. 18
Tyrtaeus
testimoniap. 24
textp. 36
Mimnermus
testimoniap. 72
textp. 80
Solon
testimoniump. 106
textp. 108
Theognis
testimoniap. 166
textp. 174
Philiadasp. 386
Phocylides
testimoniap. 388
textp. 390
Demodocusp. 404
Xenophanes
testimoniap. 408
textp. 412
Asiusp. 426
Dionysius Chalcus
testimoniap. 428
textp. 430
Euenus
testimoniap. 440
textp. 446
Critias
testimoniap. 456
textp. 460
Adespotap. 472
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ISBN: 9780674995826
ISBN-10: 0674995821
Series: Loeb Classical Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 493
Published: 10th June 1999
Publisher: HARVARD UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 11.43  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 258

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