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Hymns and epigrams

Author: Callimachus; Aratus; Lycophron; A W Mair; G R Mair
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 1921.
Series: Loeb classical library, 129.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : English : RevView all editions and formats
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Callimachus (third century BCE) authored Hymns and Epigrams. The monodrama Alexandra is attributed to his contemporary, Lycophron. Phaenomena, a poem on star constellations and weather signs by Aratus (c. 315-245 BCE), was among the most widely read in antiquity and one of the few Greek poems translated into Arabic.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: Aratus, Solensis.; Callimachus.; Lycophron.; Aratus, Solensis.; Callimachus.; Lycophron.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Callimachus; Aratus; Lycophron; A W Mair; G R Mair
OCLC Number: 903198840
Language Note: Text in Greek with English translation on facing pages.
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource : star maps.
Series Title: Loeb classical library, 129.
Responsibility: Callimachus ; with an English translation by A.W. Mair. Alexandra / Lycophron ; with an English translation by A.W. Mair. Phaenomena / Aratus ; with an English translation by G.R. Mair.

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Callimachus (third century BCE) authored Hymns and Epigrams. The monodrama Alexandra is attributed to his contemporary, Lycophron. Phaenomena, a poem on star constellations and weather signs by Aratus (c. 315-245 BCE), was among the most widely read in antiquity and one of the few Greek poems translated into Arabic.

Callimachus of Cyrene, 3rd century BCE, became after 284 a teacher of grammar and poetry at Alexandria. He was made a librarian in the new library there and prepared a catalogue of its books. He died about the year 240. Of his large published output, only 6 hymns, 63 epigrams, and fragments survive (the fragments are in Loeb no. 421). The hymns are very learned and artificial in style; the epigrams are good (they are also in the Loeb Greek Anthology volumes). Lycophron of Chalcis in Euboea was a contemporary of Callimachus in Alexandria where he became supervisor of the comedies included in the new library. He wrote a treatise on these and composed tragedies and other poetry. We possess Alexandra or Cassandra wherein Cassandra foretells the fortune of Troy and the besieging Greeks. This poem is a curiosity--a showpiece of knowledge of obscure stories, names, and words. Aratus of Soli in Cilicia, ca. 315-245 BCE, was a didactic poet at the court of Antigonus Gonatas of Macedonia, where he wrote his famous astronomical poem Phaenomena (Appearances). He was for a time in the court of Antiochus I of Syria but returned to Macedonia. Phaenomena was highly regarded in antiquity; it was translated into Latin by Cicero, Germanicus Caesar, and Avienus.

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