Ancient Greek Lyrics

Ancient Greek Lyrics

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Ancient Greek Lyrics collects Willis Barnstone's elegant translations of Greek lyric poetry-including the most complete Sappho in English, newly translated. This volume includes a representative sampling of all the significant poets, from Archilochos, in the 7th century BCE, through Pindar and the other great singers of the classical age, down to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. William E. McCulloh's introduction illuminates the forms and development of the Greek lyric while Barnstone provides a brief biographical and literary sketch for each poet and adds a substantial introduction to Sappho-revised for this edition-complete with notes and sources. A glossary and updated bibliography are more

Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 134.62 x 220.98 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English, Multiple languages
  • 4th ed.
  • 6 b&w illus.
  • 0253221218
  • 9780253221216
  • 922,947

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"With the work of more than seventy poets from the Greek, Hellenistic, Byzantine, and Roman periods, the distinguished translator Willis Barnstone offers us a very rich selection....William E. McCulloh's fine introduction traces the development of the Greek lyric, while Barnstone's notes on the poets provide valuable contexts. It is hard to conceive of a more satisfying anthology than this...." -Peter Skinner, ForeWord, Jan./Feb. 2010 "There have been many translations of Sappho's work by gifted and well-meaning writers.... None quite connects the shards and fragments with the same satisfying verve and flair as Willis Barnstone. Barnstone is one of the greatest translators of literary expression from a foreign language into English." -New Letters "Armed with this book a teacher can more readily convince the Greekless that Greek lyric poetry was one of the supreme achievements of literary history." -The Classical Bulletinshow more

About Willis Barnstone

Willis Barnstone is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University Bloomington. He has published more than 60 books of poetry, scholarship, translation, and memoir, including We Jews and Blacks (IUP, 2004).show more

Table of contents

Preface on Vagabond SongstersAcknowledgmentsIntroduction by William E. McCullohA Note on Selections, Texts, and Translation by Willis BarnstoneTHE GREEK PERIOD Archilochos Kallinos Tyrtaios Semonides Terpandros Alkman Alkaios Sappho Solon Mimnermos Phokylides Asios Stesichoros Ibykos Hipponax Anakreon Xenophanes Simonides Lasos Theognis Apollodoros Hipparchos Korinna Telesilla Timokreon Lamprokles Pindaros (Pindar) Bakchylides Praxilla Parrhasios Hippon Melanippides Timotheos Platon (Plato)THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD Diphilos Anyte Kallimachos Theokritos Leonidas of Tarentum Asklepiades Mnasalkas Theodoridas Moschos Ariston Meleagros BionTHE ROMAN PERIOD Philodemos the Epicurean Diodoros Antipatros of Thessaloniki Marcus Argentarius Rufinus Apollonides Parmenion Nikarchos Lucillius Leonidas of Alexandria Traianus (The Emperor Trajan) Ammianus Loukianos (Lucian) Dionysius Sophistes Julianus (Julian the Apostate) AisoposTHE BYZANTINE PERIOD Palladas Julianus (Julian the Prefect of Egypt) Paulus Silentiarius Agathias Scholastikos Damaskios Julianus (Julian Antecessor)AUTHORS AND ANONYMOUS WORKS OF INDEFINITE PERIOD Glykon Kallikteros Ammonides Diophanes of Myrina The Anakreonteia Miscellaneous FolksongsSAPPHO Sappho: An Introduction Testimonia Sources and NotesGlossaryBibliographyshow more

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