Theocritus: A Selection: Idylls 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13

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Overview

This volume contains the text of eight poems by the third-century BC Greek poet Theocritus, together with an introduction and extensive commentary. It is the first full-scale commentary on the work of Theocritus since Gow's edition of 1950, and is the first to exploit the recent revolution in the study of Hellenistic and Roman poetry. It offers new readings of all the poems, which show both how Theocritus differs from subsequent pastoral poetry, and how his poems, through their influence on Virgil, establish, the Western pastoral tradition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521574204
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2005
  • Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 4.84 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Conventions and abbreviations
Introduction
Sigla 29
Theocritus: A Selection 31
I The song of Thyrsis (Idyll 1) 33
II The goatherd as komast (Idyll 3) 39
III The herdsmen (Idyll 4) 41
IV The harvest-festival (Idyll 7) 43
V The reapers (Idyll 10) 49
VI The Cyclops (Idyll 11) 51
VII A bucolic exchange (Idyll 6) 54
VIII Hylas (Idyll 13) 56
Commentary 60
Bibliography 290
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