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Aratus: Phaenomena

byAratusEditorDouglas Kidd


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Aratus of Soli was a highly original poet of the early third century BC, famous throughout antiquity for his poem on constellations and weather signs, and imitated by later Greek and Latin poets. This volume presents for the first time in English an edition of the poem with a full introduction, a facing translation and a line-by-line commentary. The text is based on a new reading of the manuscripts, including one not used before. The work provides a valuable basis for further research on Aratus and on Hellenistic poetry in general.
Title:Aratus: PhaenomenaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:616 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.38 inPublisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521607124

ISBN - 13:9780521607124


Table of Contents

Introduction: 1. Life of Aratus; 2. The Phaenomena; 3. The astronomy and weather signs; 4. Language, style and the hexameter; 5. Contemporary and later poets; 6. Scholia and commentators; 7. Text and manuscripts; Text and Translation; Commentary; Indexes.

Editorial Reviews

"Kidd's edition, however, is obviously the result of a long labor, and it promises to have a long life as the definitive work on this important, but neglected, poem." --Phoenix, A.-M. Lewis, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics York University