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Classics: Greek Lyric

This page brings together important resources for various branches of study in classical antiquity.

Greek Lyric - Texts

Poetae melici Graeci by Denys Page
Call Number: PA3443 .P3
Call Number: PA3443 .I2 1989, v.1 & 2
Greek lyrics by translated by Richmond Lattimore 
Call Number: PA3622 .L3 1960b
(*In Storage)


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A commentary on Pindar Nemean nine - Bruce Karl Braswell
Call Number: PA4274.N5 B73 1998

Pindar's Olympian one : a commentary - Douglas E. Gerber  
Call Number: PA4274.O5 G47 1982

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Pythian eleven - editor, P. J. Finglass
Call Number: PA4274.P5 F34 2007
with commentary

Critical commentary to the works of Pindar - L.R. Farnell 
Call Number: PA4276 .F2

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Pindar's poetry, patrons, and festivals : from archaic Greece to the Roman Empire - edited by Simon Hornblower and Catherine Morgan Call Number: PA4276 .P57 2007
Maps and illustrations integrate art, architecture, sport, landscape and history as the milieu for Pindar's poetry.

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Pindar and the cult of heroes - Bruno Currie
Call Number: PA4276 .C87 2005

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Thucydides and Pindar: Historical Narrative and the World of Epinikian Poetry - Simon Hornblower 
Call Number: PA3523 .H67 2004
ISBN/ISSN: 0199249199

Ancient Olympics - school video

Ancient Athletes

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Greek Lyric - History & Criticism

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The Oxford companion to classical literature  
Call Number: REF PA31 .H69 1989 (in Storage)
ISBN/ISSN: 0198661215

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780199203574
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Call Number: PA3061 .B38 2007
ISBN/ISSN: 9780199203574
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Tradition and innovation in Hellenistic poetry - Marco Fantuzzi and Richard Hunter
Call Number: PA3081 .F3613 2004 

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Brill's companion to Greek and Latin pastoral - edited by Marco Fantuzzi and Theodore Papanghelis  
Call Number: PA3022.B8 .B75 2006
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Women poets in ancient Greece and Rome - edited by Ellen Greene  
Call Number: PA3067 .W66 2005
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Sappho's lyre : archaic lyric and women poets of ancient Greece - translations, with introduction and notes, by Diane J. Rayor  
Call Number: PA3622 .R39 1991
ISBN/ISSN: 0520073355
Call Number: PA3054 .G74 2001 v.3
v.3 of Greek Literature, ed. by Gregory Nagy, a collection of essays
Hellenistic poetry - G.O. Hutchinson  
Call Number: PA3081 .H88 1988 

Find Articles


Callimachus - edidit Rudolfus Pfeiffer  
Call Number: PA3945 .A2 1985

Oxford Classical Text

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Callimachus : Hymn to Apollo, a commentary - Frederick Williams  
Call Number: PA3945.A323 W5 1978

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Hymn to Demeter - edited with an introduction and commentary by N. Hopkinson  
Call Number: PA3945 .A36 1984

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Callimachus and his critics - Alan Cameron  
Call Number: PA3945.Z5 C28 1995


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Bacchylides : a selection - edited by H. Maehler 
Call Number: PA3943 .A2 2003

Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

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The art of Bacchylides - Anne Pippin Burnett  
Call Number: PA25 .M3 v. 29

New Poems by Sappho

Two poems by Sappho have been identified on fragments of papyrus. To read the full article in the Times Literary Supplement, click on the links below.

New Poems by Sappho, by Dirk Obbink     February 5, 2014    excerpts below

 .....In this case, the “secret” was the discovery on a fragment of papyrus of two new poems by the seventh-century BC Greek poetess, Sappho. The first concerns her brothers, “The Brothers Poem” for short. The second, “The Kypris Poem”, is about unrequited love and addressed to Aphrodite (by her other name, “Kypris”). The full evidence will be presented in an article in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (2014), and I am grateful to the editors Jürgen Hammerstaedt and Rudolf Kassel for permission to publish some preliminary facts here, and to raise some key questions: why is the discovery important, what do the poems tell us about Sappho, and how do we know they are genuine?


The Brothers Poem; translated by Christopher Pelling

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ἀλλ’ ἄϊ θρύλησθα Χάραξον ἔλθην 
νᾶϊ σὺν πλήαι. τὰ μέν οἴομαι Ζεῦς 
οἶδε σύμπαντές τε θέοι· σὲ δ᾽οὐ χρῆ 
ταῦτα νόησθαι,

ἀλλὰ καὶ πέμπην ἔμε καὶ κέλεσθαι 
πόλλα λίσσεσθαι βασίληαν Ἤραν 
ἐξίκεσθαι τυίδε σάαν ἄγοντα 
νᾶα Χάραξον

κἄμμ’ ἐπεύρην ἀρτέμεας. τὰ δ’ ἄλλα 
πάντα δαιμόνεσσιν ἐπιτρόπωμεν· 
εὐδίαι γὰρ ἐκ μεγάλαν ἀήταν 
αἶψα πέλονται.

τῶν κε βόλληται βασίλευς Ὀλύμπω 
δαίμον’ ἐκ πόνων ἐπάρωγον ἤδη 
περτρόπην, κῆνοι μάκαρες πέλονται 
καὶ πολύολβοι·

κἄμμες, αἴ κε τὰν κεφάλαν ἀέρρη 
Λάριχος καὶ δή ποτ᾽ ἄνηρ γένηται, 
καὶ μάλ’ ἐκ πόλλαν βαρυθυμίαν κεν 
αἶψα λύθειμεν.

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Oh, not again – ‘Charaxus has arrived! 
His ship was full!’ Well, that’s for Zeus 
And all the other gods to know. 
Don’t think of that,

But tell me, ‘go and pour out many prayers 
To Hera, and beseech the queen 
That he should bring his ship back home 
Safely to port,

And find us sound and healthy.’ For the rest, 
Let’s simply leave it to the gods: 
Great stormy blasts go by and soon 
Give way to calm.

Sometimes a helper comes, if that’s 
The way Zeus wills, and guides a person round 
To safety: and then blessedness and wealth 
Become one’s lot.

And us? If Larichus would raise his head, 
If only he might one day be a man, 
The deep and dreary draggings of our soul 
We’d lift to joy.

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