By Willis Barnstone
Old Greek Lyrics collects Willis Barnstone's based translations of Greek lyric poetry -- together with the main whole Sappho in English, newly translated. This quantity contains a consultant sampling of the entire major poets, from Archilochos, within the seventh century BCE, via Pindar and the opposite nice singers of the classical age, right down to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine sessions. William E. McCulloh's advent illuminates the varieties and improvement of the Greek lyric whereas Barnstone presents a short biographical and literary caricature for each one poet and provides a considerable creation to Sappho -- revised for this variation -- entire with notes and resources. A thesaurus and up-to-date bibliography are integrated.
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So move out, charge into the barbarous ranks with spear held high and shield gripping a brave heart. From death there is no escape; all men face the dark, even those with blood of gods in their veins. 16 The Greek Period Often a man flees from the clash and thud of spears and comes home to fall into sudden doom, but he is neither loved nor missed by his townsmen. Yet when a hero dies the great and small shed tears; by a whole people a brave warrior is mourned. In life he seems a demigod before the crowd; as a marble pillar they look upon his strength, for all alone he does the great deeds of an army.
An Animal Appeals to Zeus† O father Zeus, you who control the cosmos, and oversee the actions of man, his criminal and lawful acts, you also judge the arrogance and trial of wild beasts. * Ascription to Archilochos is uncertain. † Probably a fox. 14 The Greek Period Justice My lord Apollo, single out the guilty ones, and in your customary way, destroy them all. Perfume Her breasts and her dark hair were perfume and even an old man would desire her. Discretion They lay down in the shadow of the wall.
On a Hanging They hung their heads to one side, choking, and disgorged their remaining arrogance. Quality in Love How can I like the way she makes love? Give me sweet figs before sour wild pears. 12 The Greek Period Old Age A life of doing nothing is good for old men, especially if they are simple in their ways, or stupid, or inane in their endless blabber as old men tend to be. Perikles the Guest Like the Mykonians, Perikles, you drink our unmixed wine and pay for nothing. You broke into this party, uninvited, and act as if among old friends.
Ancient Greek Lyrics, Second Edition by Willis Barnstone