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The poetry of the archaic period that the Greeks called iambic is characterized by scornful criticism of friend and foe and by sexual license. The purpose of these poems is unclear, but they seem to have some connection with cult songs used in religious festivals--for example, those honoring Dionysus and Demeter. In this completely new Loeb Classical Library edition of ea The poetry of the archaic period that the Greeks called iambic is characterized by scornful criticism of friend and foe and by sexual license. The purpose of these poems is unclear, but they seem to have some connection with cult songs used in religious festivals--for example, those honoring Dionysus and Demeter. In this completely new Loeb Classical Library edition of early Greek iambic poetry, Douglas Gerber provides a faithful and fully annotated translation of the fragments that have come down to us. Archilochus expressed himself in colorful and vigorous language. Famous throughout antiquity for his winged barbs, he is often considered the archetypal poet of blame. Other major poets in this volume are Semonides, best known for a long misogynistic poem describing ten types of wives; and Hipponax, who was much admired by the poets of Hellenistic Alexandria, in part for his depictions of the licentious and seamy side of society.


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The poetry of the archaic period that the Greeks called iambic is characterized by scornful criticism of friend and foe and by sexual license. The purpose of these poems is unclear, but they seem to have some connection with cult songs used in religious festivals--for example, those honoring Dionysus and Demeter. In this completely new Loeb Classical Library edition of ea The poetry of the archaic period that the Greeks called iambic is characterized by scornful criticism of friend and foe and by sexual license. The purpose of these poems is unclear, but they seem to have some connection with cult songs used in religious festivals--for example, those honoring Dionysus and Demeter. In this completely new Loeb Classical Library edition of early Greek iambic poetry, Douglas Gerber provides a faithful and fully annotated translation of the fragments that have come down to us. Archilochus expressed himself in colorful and vigorous language. Famous throughout antiquity for his winged barbs, he is often considered the archetypal poet of blame. Other major poets in this volume are Semonides, best known for a long misogynistic poem describing ten types of wives; and Hipponax, who was much admired by the poets of Hellenistic Alexandria, in part for his depictions of the licentious and seamy side of society.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Consisting mainly of works by Archilochus, Semonides and Hipponax, three major archaic Greek poets writing across three centuries, in different dialects and in different parts of the oikumene. They are united in the Loeb edition by style (iambic verse) and subject matter. Many of these poems are frankly erotic in nature, although the exact nature of the acts described or alluded to have given rise to scholarly debate of an unusually droll nature.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Antonis Michailidis

    Κάθε φορά που επισκέπτομαι το νησί της καταγωγής μου, ακούω τον Αρχίλοχο οργίλο να επιτίθεται κατά του πεθερού του. Οι εκδόσεις Loeb με μάγεψαν τότε στις πρώτες μου σπουδές. Τέσσερα χρόνια στο Σπουδαστήριο του 1ου ορόφου της Ιπποκράτους 33 από το πρωί μέχρι το βράδυ.

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