Download E-books Puerilities: Erotic Epigrams of "The Greek Anthology" (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation) PDF

Elegiac lyrics celebrating the affection of boys, which the translator phrases Puerilities, contain lots of the 12th booklet of The Greek Anthology. That booklet, the so-called Musa Puerilis, is brilliantly translated during this, the 1st whole verse model in English. it's a pleasant eroticopia of brief poems via nice and lesser-known Greek poets, spanning 1000's of years, from precedent days to the past due Christian era.

The epigrams--wry, wistful, lighthearted, libidinous, and occasionally bawdy--revel within the good looks and fickle affection of boys and younger males and within the fleeting joys of older males in loving them. a few, no doubt bandied approximately within the lax and subtle surroundings of banquets, are translated as limericks. additionally incorporated are a number of wonderful and sometimes humorous poems approximately ladies and women.

Fashion adjustments in morality in addition to in poetry. one of these attachment that encouraged those verses used to be thought of completely basic and first rate for over one thousand years. a number of the absolute best Greek poets--including Strato of Sardis, Theocritus, and Meleager of Gadara--are to be present in those pages. The greater than 200 fifty poems variety from the stunning to the playful to the ribald, yet all are, as an epigram may be, polished and stylish. The Greek originals face the translations, improving the volume's attraction.

A buddy of teenybopper, i've got no formative years in mind,
for every has beauties, of a unique kind.

i have had sufficient to drink; my center and soul
in addition to tongue are wasting self-control.
The lamp flame bifurcates; I multiply
The dinner visitors by means of at any time when I try.
not just shaken up by way of the wine-waiter,
I ogle too the boy who pours the water.

Venus, denying Cupid is her son,
unearths in Antiochus a greater one.
this can be the boy to be enamored of,
Boys, a brand new love greater to Love.

Show description

Read or Download Puerilities: Erotic Epigrams of "The Greek Anthology" (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation) PDF

Similar Ancient Classical books

The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself (Penguin Classics)

Born within the Castilian city of Avila in 1515, Teresa entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation while she used to be twenty-one. affected by disease, doubts and self-recrimination, she progressively got here to acknowledge the ability of prayer and contemplation—her non secular enlightenment used to be intensified by means of many visions and mystical reviews, together with the piercing of her middle by way of a spear of divine love.

The Works of Ausonius

Ausonius of Bordeaux, poet, professor, and statesman, lived throughout the Fourth Century A. D, a time of serious cultural and political switch. As an imperial courtier, he was once heavily serious about the management of the Roman Empire. A prolific and unique poet, Ausonius coated an extraordinary stylistic variety in his many and sundry poems.

Politics and Culture in Wartime Japan

This research of the politics and tradition of Japan through the interval of the second one global battle argues that the wartime regime, repressive because it was once, was once very diverse from modern totalitarian states.

Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction

This e-book collects jointly ten contributions by means of prime students within the box of Alexander experiences which characterize the main complex scholarship during this sector. They span the gamut among old reconstruction and historiographical study, and, seen as a complete, characterize a large spectrum of method.

Extra resources for Puerilities: Erotic Epigrams of "The Greek Anthology" (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)

Show sample text content

Download E-books Puerilities: Erotic Epigrams of "The Greek Anthology" (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation) PDF
Rated 4.75 of 5 – based on 34 votes