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Idylls by Theocritus
Book Description'Eucritus and I and pretty Amyntas turned aside To the farm of Phrasidamus, where we sank down With pleasure on deep-piled couches of sweet rushes, And vine leaves freshly stripped from the bush.' The Greek poet Theocritus of Syracuse (first half of the third century BC) was the inventor of 'bucolic' poetry. These vignettes of country life, centred on competitions in 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 for Greek poetry. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199552429
(195mm x 128mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Theocritus
Theocritus. Moschus. Bion, Hardback (June 2015)
Theocritus (early third century BCE) was the inventor of the bucolic genre, also known as pastoral. The present edition of his work, along with that of his successors Moschus (fl. mid-second century BCE) and Bion (fl. around 100 BCE), replaces the earlier Loeb Classical Library volume of Greek Bucolic Poets by J. M. Edmonds (1912).
Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus, Hardback (November 2003)
Under Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who ruled Egypt in the middle of the third century BCE, Alexandria became the brilliant multicultural capital of the Greek world. This work considers the workings and representation of poetic patronage in the Ptolemaic age.
Theocritus: A Selection, Paperback (February 1999)
Text of eight poems by the third-century BC Greek poet Theocritus with introduction and substantial commentary.
Select Poems, Paperback (June 1991)» View all books by Theocritus
This selection of the poems of Theocritus illustrates his creative genius and rare powers of observation. Dover's introduction and notes offer insights into both the writing and the life and times of the poet.
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