Idylls

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - 114 páginas
A key figure in the development of Western literature, the Greek poet Theocritus of Syracuse, was the inventor of bucolic or pastoral poetry in the first half of the third century BC. These vignettes of country life, which center on competitions of song and love are the foundational poems of
the western pastoral tradition. They were the principal model for Virgil in the Eclogues and their influence can be seen in the work of Petrarch and Milton. Although it is the pastoral poems for which he is chiefly famous, Theocritus also wrote hymns to the gods, brilliant mime depictions of
everyday life, short narrative epics, epigrams, and encomia of the powerful. The great variety of his poems illustrates the rich and flourishing poetic culture of what was a golden age of Greek poetry.
Based on the original Greek text, this accurate and fluent translation is the only edition of the complete Idylls currently in print. It includes an accessible introduction by Richard Hunter that describes what is known of Theocritus, the poetic tradition and Theocritus' innovations and what
exactly is meant by bucolic poetry.
 

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Thyrsis Lament for Daphnis I
1
The Sorceress
7
The Serenade
13
The Two Herdsmen
15
Goatherd and Shepherd
18
Damoetas and Daphnis
23
The Harvest Festival
25
The Reapers
30
The Women at the Festival
44
The Graces
50
In Praise of Ptolemy
54
The Marriage Song for Helen
59
The Dioscuri
61
The Childhood of Heracles
71
The Bacchantes
77
The Distaff
79

The Cyclops Serenade
33
The Beloved
36
The Story of Hylas
38
Aeschinas and Thyonichus 41
41
To a Boy
81
To Another Boy
83
Explanatory Notes by Richard Hunter
85
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Anthony Verity is Formerly Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School and Master of Dulwich College. Richard Hunter is Regius Professor of Greek, University of Cambridge.

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