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Works: 1,175 works in 3,424 publications in 8 languages and 26,467 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Manuscripts  Dictionaries  Humor  Conference proceedings  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc 
Roles: Author, Other, Dedicatee, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Contributor, Creator, Translator
Classifications: PA4443.E5, 884.01
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Most widely held works about Theocritus
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The Greek bucolic poets by Theocritus( Book )

46 editions published between 1912 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,585 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
Idylls. A verse translation by Theocritus( Book )

13 editions published between 1963 and 1975 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection by Theocritus( Book )

18 editions published in 1999 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

106 editions published between 1849 and 1928 in 7 languages and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

78 editions published between 1699 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

32 editions published between 1842 and 1902 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Select poems by Theocritus( Book )

33 editions published between 1971 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 338 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

Theocritus, Idylls and epigrams by Theocritus( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idylls of Theocritus, with the fragments Bion and Moschus by Theocritus( Book )

8 editions published in 1924 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idylls of Theocritus and the Eclogues of Virgil by Theocritus( Book )

16 editions published between 1908 and 1956 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

25 editions published between 1853 and 1905 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocritus by Theocritus( Book )

102 editions published between 1530 and 2008 in 8 languages and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poet bucolici et didactici : Theocritus, Bion, Moschus by Theocritus( Book )

37 editions published between 1839 and 1931 in 4 languages and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idylliums of Theocritus with Rapin's discourse of pastorals by Theocritus( Book )

11 editions published in 1684 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocritus, Moschus, Bion by Theocritus( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Theocritus (early third century BCE), born in Syracuse and also active on Cos and at Alexandria, was the inventor of the bucolic genre. Like his contemporary Callimachus, Theocritus was a learned poet who followed the aesthetic, developed a generation earlier by Philitas of Cos (LCL 508), of refashioning traditional literary forms in original ways through tightly organized and highly polished work on a small scale (thus the traditional generic title Idylls: "little forms"). Although Theocritus composed in a variety of genres or generic combinations, including encomium, epigram, hymn, mime, and epyllion, he is best known for the poems set in the countryside, mostly dialogues or song-contests, that combine lyric tone with epic meter and the Doric dialect of his native Sicily to create an idealized and evocatively described pastoral landscape, whose lovelorn inhabitants, presided over by the Nymphs, Pan, and Priapus, use song as a natural mode of expression. The bucolic/pastoral genre was developed by the second and third members of the Greek bucolic canon, Moschus (fl. mid second century BCE, also from Syracuse) and Bion (fl. some fifty years later, from Phlossa near Smyrna), and remained vital through Greco-Roman antiquity and into the modern era."-- Publisher description
Sixe Idyllia by Theocritus( Book )

24 editions published between 1588 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lexicon Theocriteum by Joannes Rumpel( Book )

9 editions published between 1879 and 1961 in 5 languages and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Theocritus papyri by Theocritus( Book )

9 editions published in 1930 in 3 languages and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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