By Willis Barnstone
Contributor note: Elli Tzalopoulou Barnstone (Illustrations), William E. McCulloh (Introduction)
Ancient Greek Lyrics collects Willis Barnstone's stylish translations of Greek lyric poetry--including the main whole Sappho in English, newly translated.
This quantity encompasses a consultant sampling of all of the major poets, from Archilochos, within the seventh century BCE, via Pindar and the opposite nice singers of the classical age, all the way down to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine classes.
William E. McCulloh's advent illuminates the types and improvement of the Greek lyric whereas Barnstone offers a short biographical and literary comic strip for every poet and provides a considerable creation to Sappho-- revised for this edition--complete with notes and assets. A word list and up-to-date bibliography are incorporated.
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Additional info for Ancient Greek Lyrics (4th Edition)
Most of the poems and fragments are quotations found in other ancient writings. Though sometimes merely grammatical in nature, the context in which the poem appears usually gives additional information about the complete poem. The titles here are primarily informational, based on contextual information or on common ancient allusions with which a modern reader may be unfamiliar. Hopefully, titles will serve to replace lengthy footnotes and make the poems more complete. Ideally, poetry in translation should one day lead a reader to a reading of the poem in the original tongue.
Photios, Library A Call to Arms against the Cimmerian Invaders When will you show some courage, young comrades? How long will you lie back and do nothing? Lazing in shabby peace on our land bled by war, have you no shame before the neighboring townsmen? Let each man hurl his spear once more before he dies, for glory dazzles on our helmets when we battle the enemy for farmland and children and true wife. Death will come only when the web of destiny is spun. So move out, charge into the barbarous ranks with spear held high and shield gripping a brave heart.
Archilochos died in battle. A cult in his honor was later established on Paros, and, by the third century bce, his shrine had become a center for scholars. Chief works: 1) elegies dealing with warfare, consolation (“On Friends Lost at Sea”), personal expression, conviviality; 2) epodes (stanzas composed of several distinct meters) of personal or satirical content, often employing illustrative narratives—especially fable (“An Animal Appeals to Zeus”); 3) poems in iambic or trochaic meters, of satirical, personal, hortatory or narrative content.
Ancient Greek Lyrics (4th Edition) by Willis Barnstone