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Baccylides: The Poems and Fragments

by R. Jebb

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A few years ago I thought I'd quickly read Republic. Oh dear! This has led to me having devoured everything Greek I could get my hands on. I am now reduced to reading the fragmented remains of obscure poems to feed my addiction.

The translation is old fashioned, though it does avoid the worst excesses of the period, but I think it's safe to say that the lyric poets do not represent the greatest flowering of Greek literature.

The great thing about this book is the scholarship. If you are interested in Bacchylides, and whether you have Greek or not, this is the book for you. I don't have Greek, so much of the book is beyond me, but you've got the text as it exists as well as an edited version with every change and reconstruction minutely detailed. There are even autotype photographs of parts of the papyrus. For everyone else there's a fascinating general introduction as well as individual intros to most of the poems.

I'd never seen truly perfect scholarship before but having read this I'll recognise it if I see it again. I'll also recognise some Greek letters... ( )
  Lukerik | May 14, 2015 |
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