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"Professor Lattimore, keeping heavily to the unique metres, has produced renderings of significant strength and sweetness. His feeling for the telling noun and verb, the easy but poignant epithet, and the dramatic flip of syntax is marked. He has thoroughly freed the poems from sentimentality, and the exciting historical names—Anacreon, Alcaeus, Simonides, Sappho—acquire clean brilliance and power less than his hand."—Louise Bogan, The New Yorker

"The major caliber of Mr. Lattimore's models is they are natural. The lenses he presents are as transparent as our language is in a position to making them."—Moses Hadas, N.Y. bring in Tribune

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Matters have been a variety of: compliment of gods and of heroes, ethical maxims, and infrequently reviews on political concerns. All this would even be stated of the works of Alcaéus, one among whose poems has obtained into the Anonymous-Attic assortment. The stanza, although, no longer the total poem, seems to be the unit; and therefore the strains to Harmódios and Aristogeíton shape now not one poem yet a chain of stanzas in honor of the recognized pair who “liberated Athens” (actually they didn't) by way of killing Hippárchos, brother of the tyrant Híppias, in 514 B. C. This, at the very least, seems to be the case, however it has additionally been ascribed to 1 Callístratus, as though it have been a typical poem. • 1 • i'll put on my sword in a twig of myrtle like Harmódios and Aristogeíton once they killed the usurper and made Athens be once more a urban the place all are loose. expensive Harmódios, without doubt you haven't perished. No, they are saying, you reside within the blessed islands the place Achilles, the rapid of foot, and Tydeus’ son, Diomedes, are stated to have long gone. i'll put on my sword in a twig of myrtle like Harmódios and Aristogeíton whilst at Athene’s processional they killed Hippárchos, the fellow who had usurped the ability. constantly your popularity shall reside with us without end, pricey Harmódios and Aristogeíton, because you killed the usurper and made Athens be once more a urban the place all are unfastened. • 2 • He who by no means betrays one he has made a pal will likely be given excessive exaltation between humans and gods. Such is my very own trust. • three • Oh that it got to us to open up the guts of each guy, and to learn his brain inside of, after which to shut it, and hence, by no means deceived, be guaranteed of a chum. • four • beneath each stone there lies hidden a scorpion, pricey good friend. Take care, or he'll sting you. All concealment is treachery. HÝBRIAS OF CRETE The scólium right here translated is given via Athenaéus as an appendix to the gathering of Attic consuming songs. not anything is understood in regards to the writer. His identify, that's possibly most sensible translated “Bully,” turns out nearly too strong to be real. My wealth is superb; it's a spear and a sword, and the grand furry protect to protect my physique. With those I plow, with those I harvest, with those I tread the candy wine from the grapevine, with those i'm referred to as grasp of the rabble. they usually who dare now not hold the spear and sword and the grand bushy guard to protect their our bodies, some of these cave in earlier than me, kiss my knee, hail me their excessive king and grasp. PRAXÍLLA OF SÍCYON Praxílla is put as being “well identified” in the course of the 5th century and is hence later than the opposite poets integrated during this choice. the 2 scraps right here given are like not anything else in early Greek poetry. the affection of easy issues proven within the first fragment used to be now not consistently understood, nor good bought. “Sillier than Praxílla’s Adónis” used to be a proverb, it kind of feels, simply because Adónis, the speaker of those strains, pointed out cucumbers in addition to the sunlight and moon. sufficient acknowledged. • 1 • most adorable of what I go away in the back of is the daylight, and most lovable after that the shining stars, and the moon’s face, but additionally cucumbers which are ripe, and pears, and apples.

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