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Ancient Greek Epigrams: Major Poets in Verse Translation
by Gordon Fain
After Sappho but before the great Latin poets, the most important short poems in the ancient world were Greek epigrams. Beginning with simple expressions engraved on stone, these poems eventually encompassed nearly every theme we now associate with lyric poetry in English. Many of the finest are on love and would later exert a profound influence on Latin love poets and, th ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 2nd 2010 by University of California Press
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This book is a study of several epigram writers in ancient Greece from its golden age on to the time of Nero. It doesn't however, cover the early Greek poets - the ones who were contemporaries of Homer & Hesiod, such as Archilocus or Sappho. Each chapter is devoted to a different poet, provides biographical information on them and then lists twenty to thirty of their poems along with commentary on each of those. Many of the epigrams are love poems, many are funerary epitaphs, and there are s ...more