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Description - Callimachus: The Fifth Hymn by Callimachus

Callimachus was one of the most important and influential writers in the ancient world. He was the outstanding poet of the Hellenistic period, and had a profound effect on the subsequent course of Greek and Roman literature. The hymns are intricate, allusive and difficult poetry, and need elucidation for the modern reader. The Fifth Hymn, The Bath of Pallas, is considered by many to be Callimachus' finest surviving poem. Anthony Bulloch has established a new text of the poem, which is printed here with facing English translation. The substantial introduction and full commentary aim to introduce the poem to a wide audience and to help the modern reader to reconstruct what the ancient reader may have taken for granted as part of the crucial and intellectual background and to achieve an informed and sensitive appreciation of the poem in its full perspective. This is the first full edition of and commentary on the work in English. It will be welcomed by Greek scholars and those interested in Greek and Roman poetry.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521264952
ISBN-10: 0521264952
Format: Hardback
(222mm x 143mm x 19mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Apr-1985
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Callimachus

Anthony Bulloch is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley and Assistant Dean in the College of Letters and Science. He studied Classics at the University of Cambridge and was a student also at the British School at Rome and the University of Freiburg im Breisgau. He taught at Cambridge before going to Berkeley. Publications include work in the fields of Greek poetry, language, metrics, religion and myth. He is currently working on two projects, one on ancient Greek cults and festivals and one on Greek mythology, in addition to continuing his work on Hellenistic poetry.

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