Greek lyric poetry: the poems and fragments of the Greek iambic, elegiac, and melic poets (excluding Pindar and Bacchylides) down to 450 B.C.

Front Cover
Clarendon Press, Sep 16, 1993 - Poetry - 212 pages
4 Reviews
The Greek lyric, elegiac, and iambic poets of the two centuries from 650 to 450 B.C. (Archilochus and Alcman, Sappho and Mimnermus, Anacreon, Simonides, and the rest) produced some of the finest poetry of antiquity--perfect in form, spontaneous in expression, reflecting all the joys and anxieties of their personal lives and of the societies in which they lived. This new poetic translation by a leading expert captures the nuances of meaning and the whole spirit of this poetry as never before. Not merely a selection, it covers all the surviving poems and intelligible fragments, apart from the works of Pindar and Bacchylides, and includes a number of pieces not previously translated. The Introduction gives a brief account of the poets, and explanatory notes on the texts appear at the end.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Greek Lyric Poetry

User Review  - Ra - Goodreads

A great and potent little book. Greek Lyric Poetry is here presented from the Seventh to the Fifth Century BCE. From mundane domestics to raptures of passion and spurn, the reader progresses. I am ... Read full review

Review: Greek Lyric Poetry

User Review  - Rosie - Goodreads

liked the concise, non-scholarly intro by West and the footnotes, which weren't excessive. This book does a good job in making these fragments accessible to the average reader (me). Read full review


Seventh Century Archilochus

28 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1993)

M.L. West is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

Bibliographic information