Games of Venus: Anthology of Greek and Roman Erotic Verse from Sappho to Ovid

Games of Venus: Anthology of Greek and Roman Erotic Verse from Sappho to Ovid


Edited by Peter Bing, Edited by Rip Cohen

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 28mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 31 October 1991
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415902606
  • ISBN 13: 9780415902601

Product description

Assembled here for the first time in the English language, is the whole spectrum of erotic poetry from ancient Greece and Rome, from Sappho through Ovid. Attempting to recreate in English the full range of styles and tones present in the original Greek and Latin, the translators aim to capture gamut of amorous situations portrayed in these poems. The volume contains an introduction acquainting the reader with ancient sexual mores in their social setting and offering a stimulating and helpful approach to reading ancient erotic verse. The poems are prefaced by brief sketches of each poet's life and times, poetic output and style, and are accompanied by informative notes elucidating references to myth, geography, to historical events and personages, and unfamiliar sexual and social customs. This book should be of interest to students and teachers of classics, literature and gender studies.

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Table of contents

GREECE Archilochus Alkman Mimnermos Sappho Ibycus Anacreon Theognis Hipponax Pindar Bacchylides Miscellaneous Lyric and Inscriptions Hermesianax Asclepiades Callimachus Theocritus Herodas Machon The Grenfell Papyrus from Marisa Anonymous Song Anonymous Epigrams Meleager ROME Catullus Virgil Horace Tibullus Sulpicia Propertius Ovid.