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The Idylls, Epigrams, and Epitaphs

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Theocritus of Syracuse (born c. 300 BCE,—died after 260 BCE) is remembered as the creator of ancient Greek bucolic poetry, though little is known of his life outside of his writings. He was probably born in Syracuse, in Italy, and lived for a time in Alexandria when he gained the patronage of Ptolemy Philadelphus. This lyric and pastoral poet wrote what was termed eidyllia ...more
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Published October 22nd 2011 by
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Apr 30, 2016 Derek rated it it was ok
There are a few gems in the work of Theocritus, and his pastoral is quite nice, but nothing to really go crazy about. I am especially fond of his "duel" poems and a particular one about Polyphemus at the sea, pining over Galatea (though there are several about the Cyclops). In all, while I found a great deal of his work incredibly dull (likely due to the language of the translation) I enjoyed some of the imagery and word-play -- there was a lot of, ahem, "pipe fighting" going on in those days.
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Theocritus (Greek Θεόκριτος), the creator of ancient Greek bucolic poetry, flourished in the 3rd century BC.

Little is known of him beyond what can be inferred from his writings. We must, however, handle these with some caution, since some of the poems ("Idylls") commonly attributed to him have little claim to authenticity. It is clear that at a very early date two collections were made, one of whi
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