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Works: 2,175 works in 4,837 publications in 8 languages and 35,733 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical settings  Manuscripts  Humor  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries 
Roles: Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Translator, Dedicatee, Honoree
Classifications: PA4443.E5, 884.01
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The Greek bucolic poets by Theocritus ( Book )
37 editions published between 1912 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,469 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
Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus by Theocritus ( )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,179 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. Combining the Greek text, an English translation, a full line-by-line commentary, and extensive introductory studies of the poem's historical and literary context, this volume also offers a wide-ranging and far-reaching consideration of the workings and representation of poetic patronage in the Ptolemaic age. In particular, the book explores the subtle and complex links among Theocritus's poem, modes of praise drawn from both Greek and Egyptian traditions, and the subsequent flowering of Latin poetry in the Augustan age. As the first detailed account of this important poem to show how Theocritus might have drawn on the pharaonic traditions of Egypt as well as earlier Greek poetry, this book affords unique insight into how praise poetry for Ptolemy and his wife may have helped to negotiate the adaptation of Greek culture that changed conditions of the new Hellenistic world. Invaluable for its clear translation and its commentary on genre, dialect, diction, and historical reference in relation to Theocritus's Encomium, the book is also significant for what it reveals about the poem's cultural and social contexts and about Theocritus' devices for addressing his several readerships. COVER IMAGE: The image on the front cover of this book is incorrectly identified on the jacket flap. The correct caption is: Gold Oktadrachm depicting Ptolemy II and Arsinoe (mid-third century BCE; by permission of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
The idylls of Theocritus by Theocritus ( Book )
52 editions published between 1853 and 1989 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theocritus, Bion, and Moschus by Theocritus ( Book )
68 editions published between 1847 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fifteenth idyll by Theocritus ( )
in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theocritus by Theocritus ( Book )
49 editions published between 1516 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bucolici graeci by Theocritus ( Book )
42 editions published between 1905 and 1997 in 7 languages and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Idylls of Theocritus. by Theocritus ( Book )
43 editions published between 1853 and 1971 in 4 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Idylls. A verse translation by Theocritus ( Book )
4 editions published between 1963 and 1975 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theocritus by Theocritus ( Book )
35 editions published between 1844 and 1972 in 4 languages and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A selection by Theocritus ( Book )
11 editions published in 1999 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 385 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 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The idylls and epigrams commonly attributed to Theocritus by Theocritus ( Book )
30 editions published between 1842 and 1892 in Greek, Ancient and English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Idylls by Theocritus ( Book )
17 editions published between 1896 and 2003 in English and Multiple languages and held by 330 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
The Idylls of Theocritus : a verse translation by Theocritus ( Book )
2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Select poems by Theocritus ( Book )
22 editions published between 1971 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bucoliques grecs by Theocritus ( Book )
30 editions published between 1925 and 1972 in 4 languages and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theokritou ta heuriskomena Theocriti quæ extant: cum græcis scholiis by Theocritus ( )
31 editions published between 1699 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theokritou ta evriskomena, Theocriti quae extant cum graecis scholiis by Theocritus ( Book )
10 editions published in 1699 in Greek, Ancient and Undetermined and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Greek pastoral poetry; Theocritus, Bion, Moschus, the pattern poems ( Book )
3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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