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Latin Lyric and Elegiac Poetry : An Anthology of New Translations - Diane J. Rayor

Latin Lyric and Elegiac Poetry

An Anthology of New Translations

By: Diane J. Rayor (Editor), William W. Batstone (Editor)


Published: 13th December 1994
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This anthology of the six major Latin poets of elegy and lyric-Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, Ovid, Horace, and Sulpicia, the sole surviving woman poet, offers translations that combine a high degree of accuracy with a truly contemporary and poetic voice. The six poets represent the sudden flowering of lyric in Rome at the end of the Republic and in the first decades of the Augustan principate from approximately 60 to 10 BC. No other anthology currently available in English introduces the poets in their literary and historical context and provides specific comments on individual poems.
The general reader of poetry will find here a broad and accessible sample of the major figures in the Roman literary tradition. Students of lyric poetry and the history of ideas and sexuality will be able to compare different poets' responses to politics, love and sex, literary innovation, self and society. The book is useful in courses in ancient literature and the ancient world, western civilization, and women's studies. While primarily aimed at the reader who does not know Latin, the quality of the translations and the literary-historical emphasis in the notes make this book a splendid supplement to a Latin-language courset.
translations have been done by translators who are also poets. The translations combine a high degree of accuracy with a truly poetic voice. * the poems are accompanied by extensive notes which explain references to history, mythology, and literature. * a general introduction by William S. Anderson, the University of California at Berkeley, places the poets in their literary and historical context * an appendix includes background material from Sappho, Callimachus, and the Roman epigrammatic tradition that preceded the development of Latin elegy proper * an introduction examines the problems of translation in general and the translation in this volume in particular
Suitable for Courses in
Classical Studies, Latin Language/Literature, Lyric Poetry, Comparative Literature, Ancient History/Literature, Western Civilization, and Women's Studies.

""Latin Lyric and Elegiac Poetry more than meets a long-standing need of both students and general readers for a book that provides translations that are at once accurate, readable, and vivid of one of Western literature's most influential and most brilliant flowering seasons. In addition to translations that are uniformly superior, this volume boasts a state-of-the art introduction that will not go out of fashion and notes that are copious, lucid and unobtrusive. The book has no competitors and is not likely to have any for a very long time." -W.R. Johnson, Classics Department, The University of Chicago "An unusually useful and attractive selection of the Latin poetry which has been so influential on literature in many languages....This book should be required supplementary reading in all courses in English poetry from the 16th through the early 19th centuries." -John Hollander, A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English, Yale University "Fills a market niche for courses on Latin literature. College libraries and non-Latinate poetry lovers will profit from a rendezvous with the often jilted, Roman personal poets." -Choice "This new book, given the quality of its parts and as a whole, deserves its place in undergraduate classrooms, in the homes of both general readers and scholars, and in public and academic libraries-it will be a welcome addition to all." -Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Note on Translation POEMS Catullus
Garland of Sulpicia
Ovid, John Svarlien
Notes and Comments
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ISBN: 9780815315407
ISBN-10: 0815315406
Series: Garland Reference Library of the Humanities
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 13th December 1994
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1