Theocritus: A Selection
Idylls 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13 A Selection - Idylls 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13
By (author) Theocritus
Edited by Richard L. Hunter
Series edited by P. E. Easterling
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Theocritus: A Selection by Theocritus
Book DescriptionThis is the first full-scale commentary on poems by Theocritus since Gow's edition of 1950, and the first to exploit the recent revolution in the study of Hellenistic and Roman poetry; the poems included in this volume (Idylls 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13) are principally the bucolic poems which, through their influence on Virgil, established the Western pastoral tradition. The focus of the commentary is literary - both on how Theocritus exploited the classical heritage for a new type of poetry, and on what that poetry meant in the third century BC. The commentary, together with the introductory essays to each poem, makes a major contribution to the understanding of this extraordinary poetic form. The Introduction explores the meaning of 'bucolic', the presentation of a stylised countryside, the importance of eros in the bucolic world, and Theocritus' verbal and metrical style.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521574204
(186mm x 123mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus, Hardback (November 2003)
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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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