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Theocritus: A Selection: Idylls 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13 (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) Paperback – February 28, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0521574204 ISBN-10: 052157420X Edition: First Edition

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  • Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (February 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052157420X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521574204
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Recommended for all libraries in institutions where there is a strong Greek program." James W. Halporn, Religious Studies Review

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

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By lfratan@acad.udallas.edu on June 7, 2000
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No serious scholar of Hellenistic poetry will ignore Hunter's solid commentary..but as usual the academic presses tell a mistruth in claiming this new volume is the "first full-scale" whatever on the author under consideration since whenever..Dover's 1971 London commentary is just as solid as this one, and the saddest thing about Hunter's book is how he covers much of the same ground as Dover idyll-wise..better, it would seem, to have covered a different selection and allowed students to have both reasonably priced volumes on Theocritus than to repeat coverage of the same poems (a valuable thing for the seasoned Hellenist but less valuable for the beginner-if any young Hellenists are reading Theocritus anyway). Of course both books can be safely ignored if one is lucky enough to find the monumental 1952 Gow commentary..sadly, and scandalously, allowed to remain out-of-print. Those two volumes contain every poem with full commentary and translation. Without Gow, the best one can do book-wise is amass the Oxford Text (also by Gow) to at least have all of the poems and get this commentary and Dover's. The Loeb by Edmonds is way out of date text- and translation-wise. These poems are far too difficult for the unseasoned Hellenist to read without commentary, so every little aid helps.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Socrates on February 11, 2011
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After using this commentary, one wishes that Hunter had felt compelled to include more Idylls in his edition, but he makes a lucid justification of his selection. This is a great edition for first-time Theocritus readers (like me!). The commentary is much fuller than Dover's and is more up-to-date. Definitely a must have for anyone interested in Hellenistic poetry or ancient pastoral.
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The introductions and commentaries in the Cambridge Green & Yellow series are always helpful. As to the book itself, this one has the advantage of being printed on non-glare paper, but the considerable disadvantage of being bound so tightly that it takes a real effort to hold the book open at any page. Moreover, it is difficult to open the book far enough to see the line numbers of the Greek text in the right margin of the left-hand pages. I have no way to tell, of course, whether this problem affects only the copy sent to me or all copies of this edition, i.e., whether it is a production problem or one of quality control.
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