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Published: 11 September 2008

144 Pages | 1 map; 1 line drawing


ISBN: 9780199552429

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Translated by Anthony Verity and Edited by Richard Hunter

Oxford World's Classics

  • This is currently the only edition of the complete Idylls in print.
  • Theocritus is a key figure in the development of Western literature; he invented pastoral poetry and was the principal model for Virgil in his Eclogues, hence he is a component of classical and English literature courses.
  • Accessible introduction by Richard Hunter describes what is known of Theocritus, the poetic tradition and Theocritus' innovations and what is meant by 'bucolic' poetry.
  • Accurate and fluent translation based on the OCT Greek text.
  • The Notes summarize and contextualize each Idyll, as well as glossing individual words and phrases.

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