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Title:
Greek iambic poetry : from the seventh to fifth centuries BC
Author:
Gerber, Douglas E.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
viii, 551 pages ; 17 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780674995819
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Book

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Summary

The poetry of the archaic period that the Greeks called iambic is characterized by scornful criticism of friend and foe and by sexual license. The purpose of these poems is unclear, but they seem to have some connection with cult songs used in religious festivals--for example, those honoring Dionysus and Demeter. In this completely new Loeb Classical Library edition of early Greek iambic poetry, Douglas Gerber provides a faithful and fully annotated translation of the fragments that have come down to us.

Archilochus expressed himself in colorful and vigorous language. Famous throughout antiquity for his winged barbs, he is often considered the archetypal poet of blame. Other major poets in this volume are Semonides, best known for a long misogynistic poem describing ten types of wives; and Hipponax, who was much admired by the poets of Hellenistic Alexandria, in part for his depictions of the licentious and seamy side of society.


Author Notes

Douglas E. Gerber is Fox Professor of Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Bibliographyp. 11
Archilochus
Testimoniap. 14
Textp. 76
Semonides
Testimoniap. 294
Textp. 298
Hipponax
Testimoniap. 342
Textp. 352
Ananius
Testimoniap. 500
Textp. 502
Susarionp. 510
Hermippusp. 512
Scythinusp. 520
Diphilusp. 524
Panarcesp. 528
Adespotap. 532