Bacchylides: A Selection (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics)

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Like his contemporary Pindar, Baccylides (c. 520-450 BC) composed songs of praise for princes and victorious athletes and songs for choral performances at religious festivals. Although lost in Late Antiquity, many of them have been recovered from papyri found in Egypt. Their clear formal structure and vivid narrative make them more easily accessible than Pindar's verse and they are elegant specimens of the exclusive and sophisticated choral lyric poetry from the first half of fifth-century BC Greece. (This selection contains the first English commentary since 1905).

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Bacchylides (c. 520 450 BC), like his contemporary Pindar, composed songs of praise for princes and victorious athletes and songs for choral performances at religious festivals. Lost in Late Antiquity, many of them have been recovered from papyri found in Egypt. Their stylistic qualities, such as their clear formal structure and vivid narrative, make them more easily accessible than Pindar's; they are elegant specimens of the exclusive and sophisticated choral lyric poetry in the first half of the fifth century BC. This selection contains the first English commentary since 1905.

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Herwig Maehler is Emeritus Professor of Papyrology at the Department of Greek and Latin, University College London. His publications include Die Auffassung des Dichterberufs im frühen Griechentum bis zur Zeit Pindars (1963), Die Handschriften der S. Jacobi-Kirche Hamburg (1967), Urkunden römischer Zeit (1968), Papyri aus Hermupolis (1974), Die Lieder des Bakchylides (2 vols.) (1982, 1997); Greek Bookhands of the Early Byzantine Period (with G. Cavallo) 1987; editions of Bacchylides and Pindar.

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