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The author of the book: Theocritus
Edition: Harvard University Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1912
ISBN: 0674990315
ISBN 13: 9780674990319
Language: English
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THEOCRITUS of Syracuse - MOSCHUS of Sicily – BION of Smyrna Three bucolic poets
Theocritus gained great fame with his pastoral poems.
He flourished in circa 278 to 270 BC, in the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus, Egypt, Alexandria and was a contemporary of Aratus, Callimachus, Nicander, and Apollonius of Rhodes.
Theocritus poems are mostly set in the countryside and feature dialogs as well as singing contests between shepherds. These lonely rustics may have used songs as a natural means of communication. It is quite possible that the idea of a singing contest came to him from real shepherds.
Recurrent names : Adonis, Daphnis, Amaryllis, Comatas, Polyphemus, Galatea and Tityrus. In the background, we have Nymphs, Pan, Priapus, Artemis, Appollo of the flocks,
This collection also contains Love songs, Idylls, Fragments, Epigrams, a poem on an event in the Argonautica, a surprising poem on the wedding of Helen to Menelaus, and on Heracles’s killing the great lion and more on Heracles works and adventures, as well as others.
Moschus is also a composer of bucolic verse, Theocritus was first, Moschus second and Bion third.
From Moschus we have here a witty narrative of the girl Europa beeing abducted by Zeus in the shape of a white bull, a poem called Lament for Bion, then Megara, Lament for Adonis and fragments of others as well as pattern poems, where the word are written to form patterns, like an axe, an egg, a pan pipe and altars.
Though the beauty of the poetry gets lost in translation, I enjoy the rich content of Ancient Greek’s philosophy, mythology, and history.


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Ebook Greek Bucolic Poets: Theocritus. Bion. Moschus read Online! Theocritus (Greek Θεόκριτος), the creator of ancient Greek bucolic poetry, flourished in the 3rd century BC.

Little is known of him beyond what can be inferred from his writings. We must, however, handle these with some caution, since some of the poems ("Idylls") commonly attributed to him have little claim to authenticity. It is clear that at a very early date two collections were made, one of which included a number of doubtful poems and formed a corpus of bucolic poetry, while the other was confined to those works which were considered to be by Theocritus himself. He was probably from Sicily, as he refers to Polyphemus, the cyclops in the Odyssey, as his 'countryman.' He also probably lived in Alexandria for a while, where he wrote about everyday life, notably Pharmkeutra. It is also speculated that Theocritus was born in Syracuse, lived on the island, Kos, and lived in Egypt during the time of Ptolemy II.




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