Ancient Greek Epigrams: Major Poets in Verse Translation

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For points of grammar the student is often referred to Smyth. Sometimes as on p.

After that, further additions vary per poem. Sometimes a fourth delineated text block is added with a brief running commentary pointing out issues of style or aesthetics. Alternatively the fourth text block prints a literary translation, ranging from to Or are they meant to be playful examples of what a literary translation may look like?

If translations are deemed useful, then why not include one for each single epigram?

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Conversely, why are some epigrams given a purposeful stylistic treatment and a translation or even two , whereas others are given a translation only, and yet others no further treatment at all, lacking the fourth text block with either translation or additional stylistic commentary? The line-by-line notes to the epigrams, primarily intended for basic reading, are overall very useful, short when then can be, long if this is what the text requires. The indebtedness to Gow and Page is obvious, as the author often picks out one or two useful remarks from their commentaries.

As observed above: to have all you need on one page or two facing pages is very convenient, and attention has been paid to a pleasant page layout. The author is also to be praised for not glossing over difficulties of interpretation, always trying to make the best of it, even when the Greek is particularly elliptical or elusive.

This is particularly welcome at the intermediate level, when a student still often lacks the experience or the confidence to decide what may be meant. Overall, this is quite a nice volume.

For students of intermediate Greek, it offers lots of basic instruments for reading, for a very modest price. The brief introduction touches on many relevant aspects and references are up-to-date and to the point. The somewhat conservative choice of poems, despite my reservations, ties in with general idea about the canon of Greek epigram, and the author is to be credited for not leaving out the more difficult poems. Typesetting and printing is overall decent, apart from a glitch on p.

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Greek Epigram from the Hellenistic to the Early Byzantine Era

Somewhat unconventionally, words lemmatized are taken from the Greek text complete with their gravis accent, rather then taking the acutus accent, as is common practice for oxytone words in isolation. Hopkinson, A Hellenistic Anthology , Cambridge Bryn Mawr Classical Review Hadavas , ISBN Notes: 1.

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BMCR Read comments on this review or add a comment on the BMCR blog. Fain provides an accessible general introduction describing the emergence of the epigram in Hellenistic Greece, together with short essays on the life and work of each poet and brief explanatory notes for the poems, making this collection an ideal anthology for a wide audience of readers.

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