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Idylls (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – August 21, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0192839848 ISBN-10: 0192839845

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Anthony Verity is Formerly Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School and Master of Dulwich College. Richard Hunter is Regius Professor of Greek, University of Cambridge.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192839845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192839848
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,482,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mease on March 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an air-tight edition of the bucolic poet. The introduction has everyone the reader wants to know, and the Greek translation is an excellent read. I wish they would have included all of the extant poems, and used footnotes, but even so, this was a pleasure to use.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 9, 2003
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Theocritus was a bucolic poet and native of Syracuse who has often been credited, by both ancient and modern critics, as being the inventor of the genre of pastoral poetry. However, there are also those who argue that while there are poets attributed to Theocritus the bucolic poems in question are from another ancient edition of dubious authorship. Today, Theocritus is primarily of interest to those looking for the historic antecedents of homoerotic poetry; the poet wrote the 14th, 15th, and 17th Idylls in honor of his patron, Ptolemy Soter. There is also a poem to a beautiful youth that is considered from that perspective. My interest in his "Idylls" stemmed from Theocritus being one of only two other classical writers to talk about the murder of Pentheus depicted in Euripides's tragedy "The Bacchae," the other being Ovid in the "Metamorphoses." This particular poem is neither pastoral nor part of the bucolic tradition, so it may well have been written by the actual Theocritus.
For those interested in pastoral poems about shepherds and their ilk, the most famous Bucolics are: I, where Thyrsis sings to a goatherd the story of Daphis, the herdsman who died rather than yield to the power of Aphrodite; VII, "The Harvest Feast," which features a gathering of poets on the island of Cos; and a set of Idylls, VI and XI, which has Polyphemus, the cyclops from the "Odyssey," in love with the sea-nymph Galatea. There is also a marriage song for Helen that will be of passing interest to teachers and students of mythology. The rest of the poems are of lesser interest both from the perspective of mythology and, I would think, of those who study ancient poetry, although several are interesting in that they were apparently commissioned by rather ordinary folk for loved ones.
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