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Works: 1,098 works in 3,716 publications in 8 languages and 31,933 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Manuscripts  Humor  Dictionaries  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc 
Roles: Author, Other, Dedicatee, Bibliographic antecedent, Translator, Creator, Contributor, Honoree
Classifications: PA4443.E5, 884.01
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Most widely held works about Theocritus
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Most widely held works by Theocritus
Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus by Theocritus( )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who ruled Egypt in the middle of the third century B.C.E., Alexandria became the brilliant multicultural capital of the Greek world. Theocritus's poem in praise of Philadelphus--at once a Greek king and an Egyptian pharaoh--is the only extended poetic tribute to this extraordinary ruler that survives
The Idylls of Theocritus : a verse translation by Theocritus( Book )

74 editions published between 1869 and 1989 in 4 languages and held by 1,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Greek bucolic poets by Theocritus( Book )

37 editions published between 1912 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

THEOCRITUS of the third century B.C., born at Syracuse, travelled widely in the Greek world. Having studied poetry at Cos under poet and critic Philitas, he composed poetry under patronage, chiefly perhaps at Syracuse and Cos; and then went to Alexandria in Egypt, whose King Ptolemy II (died 246 B.C.), pupil of Philitas, befriended him. Here (and at Cos?) he spent the rest of his life. Most lovable of Greek verse-makers, as the founder of bucolic or pastoral poetry Theocritus was supreme in his simple literary domain, though only part of his poetry is pastoral and he used predecessors and contemporaries. Of his so-called Idylls 'Little forms' or pieces (not all are genuine) ten are about pastoral life real or idealised; several are small epics (charming in parts; three are hymns); two are beautiful 'occasional' poems (one about a country-walk, one to accompany a gift of a distaff for the wife of his friend Nicias;) six are love-poems; several are mimes (one famous for vivid realism and modernity, another 'The Spell' equally unforgettable) being striking pictures of common life; and three are specially expressive of his own feelings. The 24 'Epigrams' (nearly all are good and look genuine) were apparently inscribed on works of art
Theocritus by Theocritus( Book )

92 editions published between 1516 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocritus, Bion, and Moschus by Theocritus( Book )

70 editions published between 1880 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteenth idyll by Theocritus( )

in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bucolici graeci by Theocritus( Book )

50 editions published between 1905 and 1997 in 7 languages and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idylls by Theocritus( Book )

28 editions published between 1896 and 2003 in English and Multiple languages and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a new annotated translation of the Greek poems of Theocritus of Syracuse (first half of the third century B.C.), the inventor of 'bucolic' or 'pastoral' poetry, the principal model for Virgil in the Eclogues, and hence a major figure in the literary traditions which antiquity bequeathed to Western literature. Although it is the pastoral poems for which he is best known, Theocritus' oeuvre also includes hymns to the gods, brilliant mime depictions of everyday life, and encomia of the great, such as Ptolemy Philadelphus. Theocritus is our best witness to the rich variety of poetic forms which flourished in the Hellenistic age."--BOOK JACKET
Idylls. A verse translation by Theocritus( Book )

4 editions published between 1963 and 1975 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bucolicorum Graecorum Theocriti Bionis, Moschi reliquae : accedentibus incertorum idylliis by Theocritus( Book )

102 editions published between 1849 and 1928 in 7 languages and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Greek bucolic poets by Theocritus( Book )

9 editions published between 1953 and 1972 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theokritou ta evriskomena, Theocriti quae extant cum graecis scholiis by Theocritus( Book )

12 editions published in 1699 in Greek, Ancient and Latin and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idylls and epigrams commonly attributed to Theocritus by Theocritus( Book )

33 editions published between 1842 and 1902 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theokritou ta heuriskomena Theocriti quæ extant: cum græcis scholiis by Theocritus( )

34 editions published between 1699 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection by Theocritus( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Select poems by Theocritus( Book )

30 editions published between 1971 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sylvæ, or, The second part of Poetical miscellanies by John Dryden( Book )

11 editions published between 1685 and 1972 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek pastoral poetry; Theocritus, Bion, Moschus, the pattern poems by Anthony Holden( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idylls of Theocritus, Bion, and Moschus, and the war-songs of Tyrtæus by Theocritus( Book )

21 editions published between 1853 and 1905 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names

Feokrit a 300-ca 260 f.Kr


Teòcrit ca. 300-ca. 250 aC de Siracusa

Teòcrit de Siracusa

Teòcrit, de Siracusa, ca. 300-ca. 250 aC.

Teòcrit Italià


Teócrito a 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Teocrito c. 300-260 a.C.

Teócrito ca. 300-ca. 250 aC

Teocrito ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Teocrito ca. v4./3.Jh.

Teócrito de Siracusa

Teocrito Poeta ca. v4./3.Jh.


Teokrit a 300-ca 260 f.Kr



Teokryt a 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Teokryt ca. 300-ca. 250 aC



Theòcrit ca. 300-ca. 250 aC

Theocrit ca. v4./3.Jh.


Théocrite a 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Théocrite ca. 300-ca. 250 aC

Théocrite ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Théocrite ca. v4./3.Jh.

Théocrite de Syracuse ca. v4./3.Jh.



Theocritus Bucolicus ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theocritus ca. 300-ca. 250 aC

Theocritus ca 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Theocritus ca 300-ca 260 př. Kr

Theocritus ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Theocritus Poeta Bucolicus

Theocritus Poeta Bucolicus ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theocritus Poeta ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theocritus Syracusanus

Theocritus Syracusanus ca 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Theocritus Syracusanus ca. v4./3.Jh.


Theokrit a 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Theokrit ca. 300-ca. 250 aC

Theokrit ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Theokrit ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokrit von Syrakus ca. v4./3.Jh.


Theokritos Bukolischer Dichter ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theókritos ca. 300-ca. 250 aC

Theokritos ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Theokritos ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokritos Dichter ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokritos Syrakusier ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokritos von Syrakus ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokritos ze Syrakus ca 300-ca 260 př. Kr


Theokritus ca. 310-250 v.Chr


Θεόκριτος 0300-0250 av. J.-C.








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