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"Eucritus and I and pretty Amyntas turned aside To the farm of Phrasidamus, where we sank down With pleasure on deep-piled couches of sweet rushes, And vine leaves freshly stripped from the bush."

The Greek poet Theocritus of Syracuse (first half of the third century BC) was the inventor of 'bucolic' poetry. These vignettes of country life centred on competitions in song and love, and are the foundational poems of the western pastoral tradition. They were the principal model for Virgil in the Eclogues and their influence can be seen in the work of Petrarch and Milton. In addition, Theocritus also wrote hymns to the gods, brilliant mime depictions of everyday life, short narrative epics, epigrams, and encomia of the powerful. The great variety of his poems illustrates the rich and flourishing poetic culture of what was a golden age for Greek poetry.

Contents:

  • Thyrsis' Lament for Daphnis
  • The Sorceress
  • The Serenade
  • The Two Herdsmen
  • Goatherd and Shepherd
  • Damoetas and Daphnis
  • The Harvest Festival
  • The Reapers
  • The Cyclops' Serenade
  • The Beloved
  • The Story of Hylas
  • Aeschinas and Thyonichus
  • The Women at the Festival
  • The Graces
  • In Praise of Ptolemy
  • The Marriage Song for Helen
  • The Dioscuri
  • The Childhood of Heracles
  • The Bacchantes
  • The Distaff
  • To a Boy

Original title: Εἰδύλλια
Original languages: Ancient Greek

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Edition #1: Idylls

Idylls (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Anthony Verity
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Idylls (August 21, 2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192839845
Dimensions: 5 x 7.6 x 0.5
Pages: 144

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Edition #2: The Idylls

The Idylls (1989)
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Language: English

Translated by: Robert Wells
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The Idylls (June 6, 1989)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London & New York
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140445234
Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.7 x 0.4 in
Pages: 160

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Edition #3: The Idylls of Theocritus

The Idylls of Theocritus (1982)
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Language: English

Translated by: Thelma Sargent
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The Idylls of Theocritus (1982)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393014983
Pages: 142

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Edition #4: Idylls

Idylls (1963)
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Language: English

Translated by: Barriss Mills
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Idylls (1963)

Place of publication: West Lafayette, IN
Publisher: Purdue University Studies
Pages: 113

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