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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 seventh century BCE, through Pindar and the other great singers of the classical age, down to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. William F. McCulloh's introduction illuminates the forms and development of the Greek lyric while Barnstone provides...

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Overview

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 seventh century BCE, through Pindar and the other great singers of the classical age, down to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. William F. 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 included.

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Editorial Reviews

The Classical Bulletin

"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 Bulletin

New Letters

"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

ForeWord
"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

— Peter Skinner

ForeWord - Peter Skinner

"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

From the Publisher
"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253003898
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 376
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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).

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface on Vagabond Songsters
Acknowledgments
Introduction by William E. McCulloh
A Note on Selections, Texts, and Translation by Willis Barnstone

THE 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
Bion
THE 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)
Aisopos
THE 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
Folksongs
SAPPHO
Sappho: An Introduction
Testimonia
Sources and Notes

Glossary
Bibliography

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