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Greek Iambic Poetry: From the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries B.C. (Loeb Classical Library No. 259) Hardcover – August 29, 1999


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These two additions to the Loeb Classical Library [Greek Iambic Poetry and Greek Elegiac Poetry] will be welcomed by readers at all levels. Archolicus, Hipponax, Solon, the Theognidea, and many others are now accessible as never before...The translations, into prose, are wonderfully clear and readable. All traces of translationese have been removed, or more likely were never there. While the revisions are plain, they are always instructive and can be elegant. It will repay students to read these versions not just as a crib, but to compare them carefully with the Greek. There are surprises and delights for the attentive...Gerber has a gift for finding English that shows how the Greek works...The notes are marvels of condensed information...Gerber throughout the notes writes in a clear, concise, and scrupulous style. In effect he had summarized for his readers a great deal of information about current interpretations and problems of dozens and dozens of fragments...Gerber has distilled an impressive amount of scholarship. That feat, together with the excellence of his translations, makes these volumes among the most distinguished of those recently issued. (H.G. Edinger Phoenix)

The contemporary literalness of Gerber's translations will fo much to make these poems appealing and accessible to undergraduates...Gerber successfully transmits both the letter and the spirit of the Greek, and his eloquent directness will be welcome to both scholars and students. (Emily Katz Anhalt Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek
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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 2 edition (July 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674995813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674995819
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Birkett on May 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Previously Archilochus, in the Loeb library, was in the second volume of Greek Elegy and Iambus, which also contained Anacreon, with a rhyming translation. and a puzzling commentary on the Parian chronicle. This is more logical. You get Archilochus, follwed by Semonides, Hipponax, Annanius, Susarion, Hermippus, Scythinus, Diphilus, Panarces and Adespota, which should be more than enough for anyone. This also has a lot more obscenity, which is sometimes fun.
The two missing stars refer to the content of the poets rather than the scholarship or translation. You have to (well don't really have to) wade through stuff about the brachycatalectic lame tetrameter, also called the episcazon trimeter (bet you didn't know that before) which has a spondee in the last foot, instead of an iambus.
Some of Gerber's translations seem to make more sense than Edmonds's did. Where Edmonds had "In the spear is my kneaded bread" Gerber has "On board ship I kneaded barley bread" (still rather an unlikely activity).
I continue to be irritated about the way the Loeb Library deals with inscriptions. They are transcribed into lower case characters and the the editor tells us where they were published but not where (if anywhere) the original inscription can be seen.
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