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Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation (Hackett Classics) Paperback – March 21, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0872202917 ISBN-10: 0872202917

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  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (March 21, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872202917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872202917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miller is one of the ablest experts in the language of Greek poetry, and he has a razor-sharp sense for the nuances of the wording. A lastingly important sourcebook; I strongly recommend it. --Gregory Nagy, Harvard University



Andrew Miller is one of the--if not the--leading authority on classical antiquity’s most difficult lyric poet, Pindar. This book of translations and social and literary commentary proudly takes its place next to Richmond Lattimore’s. There is no better introduction to the problems and accomplishments of Greek lyric poetry, and the expert will appreciate the seriousness and brilliance of insight from a Hellenist of the highest caliber. --Joseph M. Romero, Mary Washington College



. . . the translations are first-rate, better than anything comparable I know. The author is intelligent and scrupulous; he succeeds in maintaining a much higher level of accuracy and readability than any of his competitors. --Emmet Robbins, University of Toronto

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "acominatus" on February 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This review relates to the volume -Greek Lyric: An
Anthology in Translation-, Translated with an Introduction
and Notes by Andrew M. Miller, ISBN: 0872202917, Hackett
Publishing Company,
1996. 258 pp.)
Though many of these lyrics and fragments have been
published in other editions, by other translators --
and each has its glories -- this edition is very well
formatted, pleasing, and very accessible to the eye and
mind. Each poet is preceded by a short piece of
background, then the poems are numbered, spaced, and
listed (with interspersed, but unobtrusive notes in
the text).
The scope and purpose of the volume is stated by
Miller in his "Preface": "This anthology of translations
is drawn from the little that remains of the lyric poetry
in the Greek world during the seventh, sixth, and fifth
centuries B.C. Following ample precedent, it includes
not only monody and choral lyric but also short poems
and fragments in the elegiac and iambic meters, even
though the latter do not fit the etymological definition
of lyric as -- 'poetry composed to be sung to the lyre.'"
The poets included in this volume are: Archilochus,
Tyrtaeus, Callinus, Semonides, Mimnermus, Alcman, Alcaeus,
Sappho, Solon, Stesichorus, Theognis, Ibycus, Anacreon,
Hipponax, Xenophanes, Simonides, Corinna, Pindar, and
Bacchylides. Since the poems still remaining by Pindar
and Bacchylides are more numerous than those of many of
the other poets, Miller says that his selection for
each of the two latter poets has been made with an
attempt to choose examples which best show "variety
of scale and treatment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dogger Banks on August 5, 2013
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I wanted to read Greek lyric poetry in English as I'd heard so much about it. I didn't want to use the Loebs as the text is rendered in prose, and was almost put off altogether by the fact that what remains of the genre is so fragmentary.
However, I decided to take the plunge and purchase Andrew Miller's book based on other reviews. I am so glad I did. The poems themselves are beautiful, and the notes are EXTREMELY helpful, especially when it comes to tougher poets like Pindar.

You will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam on August 9, 2012
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This book translates these early Greek poems with helpful footnotes, a glossary of terms and explains the known background of the poets. It is a complete anthology of these lyric poets which is very enjoyable to read especially if you like Greek myth.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Heiser on December 12, 2002
Format: Library Binding
Used for a class in Classics on the Age of Homer. Besides being a well of great lyric poetry, this book produces a wide variety of Greek poets whose verse ranges over many topics and giving great insight on the early Greek culture. Highly recommended as a source of good poetry, or reference in Greek lyric.
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