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Poems from the Greek Anthology: Expanded Edition (Ann Arbor Paperbacks) Paperback – October 15, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0472086085 ISBN-10: 0472086081 Edition: Exp Sub

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  • Series: Ann Arbor Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; Exp Sub edition (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472086081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472086085
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Carmina Burana, Sels. by Peter Abelard
Restless And Discontent by Agathias Scholasticus
Dawn After Dawn Comes On The Wine' by Ammianus
It Is Necessary That Things by Anixamandros
Bitto Gives To Athena by Antipater Of Sidon
Fortune-tellers Say I Won't Last Long by Antipater Of Sidon
Here Lies Anacreon by Antipater Of Sidon
Never Again, Orpheus by Antipater Of Sidon
Where Is Your Famous Beauty, %corinth Of The Dorians? by Antipater Of Sidon
Neither War, Nor Cyclones, Nor Earthquakes by Antipater Of Thessalonica
The Children Have Put Purple %reins On You, He Goat by Anyte
I, Hermes, Have Been Set Up by Anyte
Kypris Kept This Spot by Anyte
Will, Lost In A Sea Of Trouble by Archilochus
On A Pet Grasshopper by Aristodicus
Although She's A Girl, Dorkion by Asclepiades Of Samos
Didyme Waved Her Wand At Me by Asclepiades Of Samos
Get Drunk, My Boy, Don't Weep, You're by Asclepiades Of Samos
It Is Sweet In Summer To Slake by Asclepiades Of Samos
Love Has Found Out How To Mix by Asclepiades Of Samos
Lysidike Dedicates %to You, Kypris, Her Jockey's by Asclepiades Of Samos
Playing One With Facile %hermione by Asclepiades Of Samos
Snow! Hail! Lower! Lightning! Thunder! by Asclepiades Of Samos
What Are You Saving It For? by Asclepiades Of Samos
From The Greek Of Rufinus by Decimus Magnus Ausonius
I Am Not Going To Turn Into Gold by Bassus
Your Flatteries Are Boring by Bassus
Somebody Told Me You Were Dead by Callimachus
Time's Fingers Bend Us Slowly by Crates
This Torch, Still Burning In My Hand by Crinagoras
The Last Utterance by Delphic Oracle
The Lines Are Cast And The Nets Are Set And Waiting' by Delphic Oracle
On Beer by Flavius Claudius Julianus
Nothing But Laughter, Nothing' by Glycon
Wine And Treacherous Proposals by Hedylus
In Spring The Quince by Ibycus
By Themselves In The Twilight by Leonidas Of Tarentum
Eileithyia, Brought Safe by Leonidas Of Tarentum
Evening And Morning Old Platthis Kept by Leonidas Of Tarentum
For That Goatfucker, Goatfooted %pan by Leonidas Of Tarentum
Here In Klito's Little Shack by Leonidas Of Tarentum
His Poor Mother Gives Mikythos' by Leonidas Of Tarentum
Philokles Offers His Bouncing %ball To Hermes by Leonidas Of Tarentum
A Silver Love, An Anklet by Leonidas Of Tarentum
A Staff Of Slippers Hang Here, Kypris by Leonidas Of Tarentum
Theris, The Old Man Who Lived By His Fish Traps by Leonidas Of Tarentum
Theris, Whose Hands Were Cunning by Leonidas Of Tarentum
This Beast Which Preyed On Sheep by Leonidas Of Tarentum
Traveler In The Wilds, Do Not by Leonidas Of Tarentum
A Wallet, A Rawhide Goatskin, A Cane by Leonidas Of Tarentum
Goethe's Blues: 2 by Denise Levertov
Goethe's Blues: 3 by Denise Levertov
For Glaukos, For The Nereids by Lucian
Dead, They'll Burn You Up With Electricity by Marcus Argentarius
Don't Pay Any Attention by Marcus Valerius Martialis
Erotion Rests Here, In The %hastening Shadows by Marcus Valerius Martialis
I Send You A Lock Of Hair by Marcus Valerius Martialis
Since Your Marriage You Have Lost The Look by Marcus Valerius Martialis
Thais, Why Do You Call Me Old by Marcus Valerius Martialis
You Are A Stool Pigeon And by Marcus Valerius Martialis
You Are The Most Beautiful by Marcus Valerius Martialis
Down Through The Earth As A Last Gift by Meleager
I Swear By Desire by Meleager
What Have You Got To Crow About by Meleager
One Deaf Man Went To Law With %another by Nicarchus
Let Us Go Into The Temple by Nossis
Nothing Is Sweeter Than Love by Nossis
I Have Sworn Ten Thousand Times by Palladas
Let This Life Of Worry by Palladas
This Is All The Life There Is by Palladas
We Greeks Have Fallen On Evil by Palladas
Don't Tell Me I'm Getting Gray by Paulus Silentiarius
Eros Has Changed His Quiver by Paulus Silentiarius
You're Right, Lais' Smile Is Sweet by Paulus Silentiarius
Past Fifty And Cloyed At Last by Philitas
Antikrates Knew The Stars by Philodemus Of Gadara
Death Has Torn Ten Years From Us by Philodemus Of Gadara
Hello, Hello. What's Your Name? by Philodemus Of Gadara
Herakles' Rebuttal Was Too Much by Philodemus Of Gadara
In The Middle Of The Night by Philodemus Of Gadara
Philainion Is Short %quite Black' by Philodemus Of Gadara
Roses Are Already Here by Philodemus Of Gadara
Sit Down Under The High Crown' by Plato
If Pythias Has A Customer by Poseidippus
You Who Visit In Turn by Poseidippus
About The Cool Water by Sappho
I Fell In Love With You, Atthis by Sappho
Lyric; Three Versions: 2 by Sappho
This Is The Dust Of Timias by Sappho
I Lais, Once An Arrow by Sekundos
A Great Light Was Born In Athens When by Simonides Of Ceos
Here Lies Anacreon by Simonides Of Ceos
On A Hound by Simonides Of Ceos
Stranger, When You Come To %lakedaimon by Simonides Of Ceos
Rivers Level Granite Mountains by Sulpicia
Remember Now? Do You by Thymocles
Fornication Is A Filthy Business by Titus Petronius Niger
Good God, What A Night That Was by Titus Petronius Niger
I Had Just Gone To Bed by Titus Petronius Niger
That Night Will Long Delight Us, Nealce by Titus Petronius Niger
Waking, My Eyes, And In The Night by Titus Petronius Niger
Why Do You Frown On Me, You Puritans by Titus Petronius Niger
Eumelos Had A Maltese Dog by Tymnes
Awake All Night Till The %beautiful Morning Star by Anonymous
The Epitaph Of Sardanapalos by Anonymous
Flowers Will Do Us No Good On Our Tombstones by Anonymous
Fragment by Anonymous
Gravestone Inscription At Corinth by Anonymous
Greek Folksong by Anonymous
I Have Two Sicknesses, Love by Anonymous
I Know I Am Poor by Anonymous
O Restless, Caressing Eyes by Anonymous
Tombstone Inscription by Anonymous
With Your Beautiful Hair And Seemly by Anonymous
Pass Me The Sweet Earthenware Jug by Zonas Of Sardis
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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Ott VINE VOICE on August 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've read all the English translations (and even some of these poems in the original Greek). This collection, while small, is the best English "Greek Anthology" going. Quick check: in "The Norton Book of Classical Literature" the Rexroth excerpts shine compared to the other (highly respected) translators.
In terms of directness and emotional resonance Rexroth, "the father of the beats," triumphs again and again. For those who want to explore one of the world's greatest collections of poetry, this is a good place to start. For those interested in translation, there is much to learn from this volume.
The real Greek Anthology is massive and not all the poems are winners. Rexroth has boiled it down to his favorites and in so doing created perhaps the best poems he ever wrote. Those who want a deeper exploration should go to the library. To those who want to add to the bookshelf, this is the essential volume.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GreenJester on August 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I came across an original edition of this collection in a small used bookstore, and having enjoyed Rexroth's other works picked it up immediately.
This may be one of my best finds, ever, and I'm so glad to see it reproduced in this edition.
Each of these poems, most no more than six to ten lines, does what so much poetry fails to... it says something. It is a complete, vivid, passionate thought. I read this book as if I were sipping a glass of wine, slowly, a handful of verses each day. Let your mind linger on them awhile.
I'll admit to a level of ignorance--I know very little about the "scholarly history" of the Greek Anthology, so I cannot compare these translations to those that came before. But reading Rexroth's personal takes (his introduction is wonderful in itself), I can hardly imagine how they could be improved.
Rexroth is at his finest here. Any lover of poetry will be glad to receive this into their library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. T. Furjanick on February 8, 2007
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Of the more than 100 feet of bookshelves in my home Poems from the Greek Anthology translated by Kenneth Rexroth with introduction by David Mulroy represents the most cherished 3/8 inch. I am not literate in Greek nor do I have a background in literary analysis. I lost my original copy of this work by lending it to a faithless wretch (read former girlfriend). I am delighted that it has been reissued. The original 1962 edition has been amplified with "The Last Utterance of the Delphic Oracle" and an introduction and source data by David Mulroy that I found quite valuable as a guide both to Rexroth's approach to the translations and to the subtle techniques used to render the translations relaxed and readable. But the success is Rexroth's and the poets he treats; the winner is the reader. (I have my copy again and can now forgive the girlfriend....)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Otto C. Steinmayer on October 4, 2001
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Kenneth Rexroth is the best translator of the Greek Anthology since the Renaissance. The Greek Anthology has suffered big ups and downs in reputation, depending on whether the sensibility is available in one time or another to approach it. Rexroth gets it right on. For further information, you may take a look at the online review in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Dierckx on June 11, 2009
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Go tell the King: The daedal
Walls have fallen to the earth
Phoibos has no sanctuary,
No prophetic laurel, no
Speaking spring. The garrulous
Water has dried up at last.


This is one of my favorite poems in this collection.

Friend to the Beats, organizer of the Six Gallery poetry reading in 1955, and iconoclastic poet extraordinary, Kenneth Rexroth turned his imagination in the early sixties to a selection of verses from The Greek Anthology. In his characteristically lively style he successfully captured the spirit of the originals by such poets as Sappho, Anyte, Glycon, Antipatros, leonidas, Asclepiades, and Ammianos.
Students of the classics as well as poets and translators welcome this collection for the insight and the dexterity of its unconventional editor.
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