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

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

byTheocritusEditorRichard L. Hunter

Paperback | February 28, 1999

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This volume contains the text of eight poems by the third-century BC Greek poet Theocritus, together with an introduction and extensive commentary. This 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, established the Western pastoral tradition.
Regarded as the creator of pastoral poetry, Theocritus was a native of Syracuse and lived in Alexandria. About 30 idylls and a number of his epigrams are extant. His genuine love of the country lends freshness and great beauty to the idylls; his bucolic characters are realistic and alive. He is a master of dramatic presentation, descri...
Title:Theocritus: A Selection: Idylls 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13Format:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 7.32 × 4.84 × 0.71 inPublished:February 28, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052157420X

ISBN - 13:9780521574204


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book for Hellenistic Poetry enthusiasts Purchased for a graduate level course studying Hellenistic poetry. Fabulous, easy to find commentary, highly legible font for the Greek, and extremely well organised. Only drawback is the occasional change between a kappa in the Greek text and a chi in the commentary. Still, overall very wonderful.
Date published: 2017-09-28

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Theocritus; 2. Bucolic poetry; 3. Loci amoeni; 4. Metre; 5. Language; 6. Transmission; Theocritus, a selection; Commentary.

Editorial Reviews

"An important and welcome contribution to the scholarship on Theocritus as well as on Hellenisti literature in general." Classical World