Ancient Greek Epigrams: Major Poets in Verse Translation by Gordon L. Fain

By Gordon L. Fain

After Sappho yet sooner than the nice Latin poets, an important brief poems within the old international have been Greek epigrams. starting with easy expressions engraved on stone, those poems ultimately encompassed approximately each subject matter we now go together with lyric poetry in English. a few of the most interesting are on love and might later exert a profound effect on Latin love poets and, via them, on the entire poetry of Europe and the West. This quantity deals a consultant choice of the easiest Greek epigrams in unique verse translation. It showcases the poetry of 9 poets (including one woman), with many epigrams from the lately stumbled on Milan papyrus. Gordon L. Fain presents an available basic advent describing the emergence of the epigram in Hellenistic Greece, including brief essays at the lifestyles and paintings of every poet and short explanatory notes for the poems, making this assortment an awesome anthology for a large viewers of readers.

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