By Gordon L. Fain
After Sappho yet ahead of the good Latin poets, an important brief poems within the historic international have been Greek epigrams. starting with uncomplicated expressions engraved on stone, those poems finally encompassed approximately each topic we now go together with lyric poetry in English. the various most interesting are on love and might later exert a profound impression on Latin love poets and, via them, on all of the poetry of Europe and the West. This quantity deals a consultant number of the easiest Greek epigrams in unique verse translation. It showcases the poetry of 9 poets (including one woman), with many epigrams from the lately chanced on Milan papyrus. Gordon L. Fain presents an obtainable normal advent describing the emergence of the epigram in Hellenistic Greece, including brief essays at the existence and paintings of every poet and short explanatory notes for the poems, making this assortment a fantastic anthology for a large viewers of readers.
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17-23, and A. Heubeck, Archaeologia X , 126-84. 3' T H E EPI C D IA L E C T the result is often a more elaborate treatment both of the story and of the themes within it. For the scribe the task bears some relation to that o f an editor. 17 I f the scribe is also a collector, his awareness of alternative versions m ay tempt him into a truly editorial role, the preparation, by conflation, of a ‘consolidated’ text. W hat seem to be echoes of this phase in the story o f the text are found in the scholia to Iliad x, and might also have been heard, if the scholia were fuller, in the conclusion to the Odyssey.
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16 If (as I believe) the end of the Odyssey was added at this period (see above, n. 11), there must also have been alterations earlier in the poem to prepare for the concluding episodes. 17 It would o f course have lacked such aids to the reader as word-division, accentuation, punctuation, and the distinction between capital and small letters; these sophistica tions, which would have resolved many o f the perplexities which beset Homeric scholarship, were not to be introduced to Greek book production for many centuries.