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Theocritus: A Selection

Theocritus: A Selection
Idylls 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13

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Part of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574204

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  • This volume contains the text of eight poems by the third-century BC Greek poet Theocritus, together with an introduction and extensive commentary. This is the first full-scale commentary on the work of Theocritus since Gow's edition of 1950, and is the first to exploit the recent revolution in the study of Hellenistic and Roman poetry. It offers new readings of all the poems, which show both how Theocritus differs from subsequent pastoral poetry, and how his poems, through their influence on Virgil, established the Western pastoral tradition.

    • First full-scale commentary on these poems for almost 50 years
    • First commentary to concentrate on the literary significance of the texts
    • Richard Hunter has published many books with the Press, including Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry (1996), and Apollonius of Rhodes: Argonautica III (CGLC 1989)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574204
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Theocritus
    2. Bucolic poetry
    3. Loci amoeni
    4. Metre
    5. Language
    6. Transmission
    Theocritus, a selection

  • Author



    Richard L. Hunter, University of Cambridge

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