By Willis Barnstone
Historic Greek Lyrics collects Willis Barnstone's dependent translations of Greek lyric poetry -- together with the main whole Sappho in English, newly translated. This quantity contains a consultant sampling of all of the major poets, from Archilochos, within the seventh century BCE, via Pindar and the opposite nice singers of the classical age, all the way down to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine classes. William E. McCulloh's advent illuminates the varieties and improvement of the Greek lyric whereas Barnstone offers a short biographical and literary caricature for each one poet and provides a considerable advent to Sappho -- revised for this variation -- whole with notes and resources. A word list and up to date bibliography are integrated.
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Photios, Library A Call to Arms against the Cimmerian Invaders When will you show some courage, young comrades? How long will you lie back and do nothing? Lazing in shabby peace on our land bled by war, have you no shame before the neighboring townsmen? Let each man hurl his spear once more before he dies, for glory dazzles on our helmets when we battle the enemy for farmland and children and true wife. Death will come only when the web of destiny is spun. So move out, charge into the barbarous ranks with spear held high and shield gripping a brave heart.
Charon the Carpenter The gold booty of Gyges means nothing to me. I don’t envy that Lydian king, nor am I jealous of what gods can do, nor of the tyrants’ great powers. All these are realms beyond my vision. Archilochos 11 Mercenary Friendship Glaukos, soldier of fortune, will be your friend until he begins to fight. Wedding Dedication When Alkibia became a married woman, she gave the holy veil of her hair to Queen Hera. On the Daughter of Lykambes I pray for one gift: that I might merely touch Neoboule’s hand.
I have tried to give order to these translations in several ways. To approximate the easy conversational flow of many of the Greek poems, I have more often given a syllabic rather than an accentual regularity to the lines. An exception is the longer elegiac poem where the forceful dactyls seemed to call for a regular (though freefalling) beat in alternating lines of equal feet. 3 My intention has been to use a contemporary idiom, generally chaste, but colloquial as the occasion suggests. Until very recently, it has been a uniform practice to impose rhyme on poems translated from ancient Greek.