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Epigrams from the Greek Anthology

Gideon Nisbet

November 2020

ISBN: 9780198854654

288 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

This selection of more than 600 epigrams in verse is the first major translation from the Greek Anthology in nearly a century. Each of the Anthology's books of epigrams is represented here, in manuscript order, and with extensive notes on the history and myth that lie behind them.

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This selection of more than 600 epigrams in verse is the first major translation from the Greek Anthology in nearly a century. Each of the Anthology's books of epigrams is represented here, in manuscript order, and with extensive notes on the history and myth that lie behind them.

  • The Greek Anthology is our principal source for an entire genre of ancient Greek literature, the epigram (short poems).
  • The first large-scale translation from the Greek Anthology in nearly a century.
  • Translated into lively and readable verse, without sacrificing accuracy; and is unexpurgated.
  • The detailed introduction explains the origins of Greek epigram; the ancient anthology tradition; the social world of the poets; the reception of the Anthology in education and literature; and its role in the formation of modern identities.
  • The poems of the Anthology tell on Greek life across more than a millennium, from epigram's Hellenistic beginnings right through to Christian Constantinople.
  • Extensive explantory notes on the poems.

About the Author(s)

Gideon Nisbet, Reader in Classics, University of Birmingham

Gideon Nisbet is Reader in Classics at the University of Birmingham. He researches and teaches in ancient literature, particularly epigram, and its reception in the modern world. His previous OUP publications include Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire (2003), Greek Epigram in Reception (2013), and, also in the Oxford World's Classics, Martial: Epigrams, with Parallel Latin Text (2015).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    The Christian epigrams
    Epigrams at Cyzicus
    Erotic epigrams by various poets
    The dedicatory epigrams
    Epigrams on tombs
    Epigrams of Saint Gregory the Theologian
    Rhetorical epigrams
    Advisory epigrams
    Sympotic and scoptic epigrams
    Strato's Boyish Muse
    Epigrams in assorted metres
    Arithmetical problems, riddles, and oracles
    Miscellaneous epigrams
    The Planudean Appendix
    Explantory Notes

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