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“Exhilarating. . . . It’s hard to be temperate about Michael Schmidt’s loving, informed and deeply engaging survey. . . . It would be difficult to imagine a better introduction to its subject.”
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“Exhilarating . . . a learned feast. . . . Schmidt knows and loves poetry and has a marvelous feel for it.” –Newsday

Table Of Contents


I. Orpheus of Thrace
II. The Legend Poets
III. Homer
IV. The Homeric Apocrypha
V. The Iliad and the Odyssey
VI. Hesiod
VII. Archilochus of Paros
VIII. Alcman of Sardis
IX. Mimnermus of Colophon
X. Semonides of Amorgos
XI. Alcaeus of Mytilene
XII. Sappho of Eressus
XIII. Theognis of Megara
XIV. Solon of Athens
XV. Stesichorus of Himera
XVI. Ibycus of Rhegion
XVII. Anacreon of Teos
XVIII. Hipponax of Ephesus
XIX. Simonides of Cos
XX. Corinna of Tanagra
XXI. Pindar of Thebes
XXII. Bacchylides of Cos
XXIII. Callimachus of Cyrene
XXIV. Apollonius of Rhodes
XXV. Theocritus of Syracuse


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