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Asclepiades of Samos and Leonidas of Tarentum : The Poems

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Author: Jerry Clack
Product Code: 4568
ISBN: 978-0-86516-456-7
Pages: 280
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Asclepiades of Samos and Leonidas of Tarentum set the course that later Greek epigrammatists would follow in their choice of subject matter. To Asclepiades, the epigram was a vehicle for personal feeling; in the hands of Leonidas the field was broader, dwelling often on the suffering that attends the poor and destitute.


The combined poems by these two writers scarcely exceed 800 lines, making this volume a manageable text for an undergraduate Greek class. It is an excellent introduction to Hellenistic poetry. The epigrams convey a good sense of the Hellenistic ethos without posing some of the daunting vocabulary problems of the major authors of the period.


Special Features

  • Greek text with same-page
    - Grammatical notes
    - Vocabulary notes
    - Glossary
  • Selected bibliography
  • Index of Proper Names
  • List of sources of the poems

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Review: Bookwatch - July 26, 2001
Jerry Clack's translation and annotated text well serve the reader with an interest in Hellenic culture as expressed in the epigram.
Review by: Declan Lyons, Ph.D., Franciscan University, Ohio - July 26, 2001
[…] this text provides the neophyte with insight into not only the genre of epigrammatic writing, but also to the age and culture which engendered the genre, as well as to its otherwise inaccessible scholarship today.
Review by: Maria Marsilio, St. Joseph's University - July 26, 2001
This text will be welcomed by teachers of undergraduate Greek students who seek a lively and effective introduction to Hellenistic poetry before tackling more challenging Hellenistic authors such as Callimachus and Theocritus. Clack's book may also be used expediently in conjunction with his previously published edition of Meleager's poems.
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