Εις λούτρα της Παλλάδος: The Bath of Pallas
Callimachus was one of the most important and influential writers in the ancient world. He was the outstanding poet of the Hellenistic period and had a profound effect on the subsequent course of Greek and Roman literature. The hymns are intricate, allusive and difficult poetry, and need elucidation for the modern reader. 'The Fifth Hymn: The Bath of Pallas', is considered by many to be Callimachus' finest surviving poem. Anthony Bulloch has established a new text of the poem, which is printed here with facing English translation. The substantial introduction and full commentary aim to introduce the poem to a wide audience and to help the modern reader to reconstruct what the ancient reader may have taken for granted as part of the crucial and intellectual background and to achieve an informed and sensitive appreciation of the poem in its full perspective. This will be welcomed by Greek scholars and those interested in Greek and Roman poetry.
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Actaeon adjective adverb Aesch Aetia Aphrodite Apollonius Apollonius Rhodius Apyoc Argive Argolid Argonautica Argos Aristoph Artemis Athena Attic Bacch Bath of Pallas Berlin blinding Callimachean Callimachus celebrants ceremony Chantraine Chariclo Commentary common context correction corruption couplet cult denotes diction divine Doric Doric form edition elegiac elegy epic epigram Ernesti Eumedes evidence example festival Fifth Hymn goddess Graec Greek griech Hellenistic period Hellenistic poets Hellenistic writers Heracles Herodas Hesych Hipp Homeric Homeric Hymns hyparchetypes Intro Ionic Isyllus koine Lascaris Leipzig literary LSJ s.v. Mayser Meineke metrical Monteil Mosch narrative normal usage noun Palladion papyri parallel Paris passage Paus Pfeiffer phrase phraseology Pind Pindar poem poetic poetry Posidippus Powell prose punishment rare reference ritual Roscher Schneider scholia Schwyzer seems similarly Soph suggests tcov Theocr Theocritus Thespiae third century B.C. Tiresias tmesis verb Wilamowitz word