The Victory Poems

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Bristol Classical Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Literary Collections - 232 pages
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The victory poems of Bacchylides are here presented in a fresh new translation, together with an introduction and extensive commentary. The translation seeks to capture the tone of the original, combining the joy of the occasion with the ever-present serious moral undertones, while the introduction sets the poems in their social and religious context, detailing the close connection between competition and religious festival throughout its history. The commentary, designed primarily for non-language students, is full and detailed, providing extensive background and explanatory information. This new translation and commentary will allow the poems of Bacchylides to be more widely read, enjoyed and appreciated, as they deserve.

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ARTHUR McDEVITT was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies, Monash University, and is now retired.

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