By Anacreon, Anacreon.; Archilochus, Archilochus.; of Ephesus Heraclitus, of Ephesus. Heraclitus; Diogenes; Alcman, Alcman.; Herodas, Herodas.; Davenport, Guy; Sappho, Sappho
"Overall, this quantity will find the money for nice excitement to students, academics, and in addition those that easily like to watch pleasant souls disport themselves in language."―Anne Carson
here's a colourful style pf works by means of seven Greek poets and philosophers who lived from the 8th to the 3rd centuries BC. Salvaged from shattered pottery vases and tattered scrolls of papyrus, every thing decipherable from the is still of those old authors is assembled right here. From early to later, the gathering comprises: Archilochos; Sappho; Alkman; Anakreon; the philosophers Herakleitos and Diogenes; and Herondas. This composite of fragments translated by way of man Davenport is the main whole selection of its sort ever to seem in a single quantity
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Swift could write no more. Fragments, when they are but motes (the unfinished works of a Spenser or Michelangelo are a different matter), touch us as the baby glove of a pharaoh which moved William Carlos Williams to tears, or the lock of Lucrezia Borgia’s hair which drew Byron back day after day to gaze (and to steal one strand for Landor); they “brave time” with a mite’s grip, missing by a rotten piece of linen or a grammarian’s inadvertent immortality the empty fame of the sirens’ song. To exist in fragments and in Greek is a doubly perilous claim on the attention of our time.
Her imagery is as stark and patterned as the vase painting of her time: long-legged horses with dressed manes, marching men, ships, women in procession to a god’s altar. Her words are simple and piercing in their sincerity, her lines melodically keen, a music for girls’ voices. and dancing. Never has poetry been this clear and bright. “Beautiful Sappho,” said Socrates. Somewhere, in the white ruins of Sardis or even on an unexamined shelf or a jar still intact in a midden, there is perhaps a copy of Sappho’s poems complete.
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7 Greeks by Anacreon, Anacreon.; Archilochus, Archilochus.; of Ephesus Heraclitus, of Ephesus. Heraclitus; Diogenes; Alcman, Alcman.; Herodas, Herodas.; Davenport, Guy; Sappho, Sappho