WorldCat Identities

Michie, James

Overview
Works: 86 works in 304 publications in 4 languages and 8,090 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Drama  Epigrams  Tragedies (Drama)  Fables  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Love poetry  Juvenile works  Satirical literature  Concordances 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author, tra, Adapter, Other
Classifications: PA6395, 874.01
Publication Timeline
.
Most widely held works by James Michie
Helen by Euripides( )

20 editions published between 1981 and 1992 in English and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides is rightly lauded as one of the great dramatists of all time. In his lifetime, he wrote over 90 plays and although only 18 have survived they reveal the scope and reach of his genius. Euripides is identified with many theatrical innovations that have influenced drama all the way down to modern times, especially in the representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. As would be expected from a life lived 2,500 years ago, details of it are few and far between. Accounts of his life, written down the ages, do exist but whether much is reliable or surmised is open to debate. Most accounts agree that he was born on Salamis Island around 480 BC, to mother Cleito and father Mnesarchus, a retailer who lived in a village near Athens. Upon the receipt of an oracle saying that his son was fated to win "crowns of victory", Mnesarchus insisted that the boy should train for a career in athletics. However, what is clear is that athletics was not to be the way to win crowns of victory. Euripides had been lucky enough to have been born in the era as the other two masters of Greek Tragedy; Sophocles and Æschylus. It was in their footsteps that he was destined to follow. His first play was performed some thirteen years after the first of Socrates plays and a mere three years after Æschylus had written his classic The Oristria. Theatre was becoming a very important part of the Greek culture. The Dionysia, held annually, was the most important festival of theatre and second only to the fore-runner of the Olympic games, the Panathenia, held every four years, in appeal. Euripides first competed in the City Dionysia, in 455 BC, one year after the death of Æschylus, and, incredibly, it was not until 441 BC that he won first prize. His final competition in Athens was in 408 BC. The Bacchae and Iphigenia in Aulis were performed after his death in 405 BC and first prize was awarded posthumously. Altogether his plays won first prize only five times. Euripides was also a great lyric poet. In Medea, for example, he composed for his city, Athens, "the noblest of her songs of praise". His lyric skills however are not just confined to individual poems: "A play of Euripides is a musical whole....one song echoes motifs from the preceding song, while introducing new ones." Much of his life and his whole career coincided with the struggle between Athens and Sparta for hegemony in Greece but he didn't live to see the final defeat of his city. Euripides fell out of favour with his fellow Athenian citizens and retired to the court of Archelaus, king of Macedon, who treated him with consideration and affection. At his death, in around 406BC, he was mourned by the king, who, refusing the request of the Athenians that his remains be carried back to the Greek city, buried him with much splendor within his own dominions. His tomb was placed at the confluence of two streams, near Arethusa in Macedonia, and a cenotaph was built to his memory on the road from Athens towards the Piraeus
The Oxford book of short poems by P. J Kavanagh( Book )

27 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and held by 1,427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 658 poems not longer than thirteen lines and written since the thirteenth century
La Fontaine : selected fables by Jean de La Fontaine( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of Catullus by Gaius Valerius Catullus( Book )

32 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Catullus, who lived during some of the most interesting and tumultuous years of the late Roman Republic, spent his short but intense life (?84-54 B.C.E) in high Roman society, rubbing shoulders with various cultural and political luminaries including Cesar, Cicero, and Pompey, Catullus's poetry is by turns ribald, lyric, romantic, satirical; sometimes obscene and always intelligent, it offers us vivid pictures of the poet's friends, enemies, and lovers. The verses to his friends are bitchy, funny, and affectionate; those to his enemies are often wonderfully nasty. Many poems brilliantly evoke his passionate affair with Lesbia, often identified as Clodia Metelli, a femme fatale ten years his senior and the smart adulterous wife of an arrogant aristocrat, who Cicero later claimed she poisoned." "This new bilingual translation of Catullus's surviving poems by Peter Green adheres to the principle that the rhythm of a poem, whether familiar or not, is among the most crucial elements for its full appreciation. Green has therefore translated all the poems - lyric, elegiac, choliambic - into stress equivalents of the original meters, and each poem appears opposite its Latin original. He also provides an essay on the poet's life and literary background, a historical sketch of the politically fraught late Roman Republic in which Catullus lived, copious notes on the poems, a wide-ranging bibliography for further reading, and a full glossary. This edition is thus designed to bring the great pleasures of these poems to as wide an audience as possible."--Jacket
Odes and epodes by Horace( Book )

42 editions published between 1962 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Timeless meditations on the subjects of wine, parties, birthdays, love, and friendship, Horace's Odes, in the words of classicist Donald Carne-Ross, make the "commonplace notable, even luminous." This edition reproduces the highly lauded translation by James Michie. "For almost forty years," poet and literary critic John Hollander notes, "James Michie's brilliant translations of Horace have remained fresh as well as strong, and responsive to the varying lights and darks of the originals. It is a pleasure to have them newly available."--Publisher description
Helen by Ronald K. S Euripides( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outstepping the literal bounds of genre, this work has been referred to by scholars as both a tragedy and a comedy. This translation attempts to preserve Euripides' structure of subtlety and his comments on both the futility of war and the distinction between appearance and reality
Epigrams of Martial by Martial( Book )

10 editions published between 1972 and 2002 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martial, the father of the epigram, was one of the brilliant provincial poets who made their literary mark on first-century Rome. His Epigrams can be affectionate or cruel, elegiac or playful; they target every element of Roman society, from slaves to schoolmasters to, above all, the aristocratic elite
The book of longer short stories by James Michie( Book )

5 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The odes of Horace : with the Latin text by Horace( Book )

5 editions published between 1963 and 2002 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Timeless meditations on the subjects of wine, parties, birthdays, love, and friendship, Horace's Odes, in the words of classicist Donald Carne-Ross, make the "commonplace notable, even luminous." This edition reproduces the highly lauded translation by James Michie. "For almost forty years," poet and literary critic John Hollander notes, "James Michie's brilliant translations of Horace have remained fresh as well as strong, and responsive to the varying lights and darks of the originals. It is a pleasure to have them newly available." From the Trade Paperback edition
Thomas Heywood's Art of love : the first complete English translation of Ovid's Ars amatoria by Ovid( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first century a.d., Ovid, author of the groundbreaking epic poem Metamorphoses, came under severe criticism for The Art of Love, which playfully instructed women in the art of seduction and men in the skills essential for mastering the art of romantic conquest. In this remarkable translation, James Michie breathes new life into the notorious Roman's mock-didactic elegy. In lyrical, irreverent English, he reveals love's timeless dilemmas and Ovid's enduring brilliance as both poet and cultural critic. From the Trade Paperback edition
Collected poems by James Michie( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Odes of Horace ; The Centennial hymn by Horace( Book )

4 editions published between 1963 and 1965 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected fables by Jean de La Fontaine( Book )

7 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains scores of the well- and lesser-known fables popularized by Jean de la Fontaine, including "The Hare and the Tortoise" and "The Hen Who Laid Golden Eggs." In the various tales, the author he depicts an array of animals in situations revealing the quirks, follies, and frailties he observed in humankind. Sins of price, greed and vanity come under humorous attack
Epigrams by Martial( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martial, the father of the epigram and perhaps its greatest exponent, was one of the brilliant provincial poets who made a literary mark on first-century Rome. Now, in this landmark reissue of James Michie's 1972 translation, the Modern Library breathes new life into the wit and wisdom of an ancient poet with a unique and surprisingly contemporary perspective. This edition includes the translator's original endnotes
New and selected poems by James Michie( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Possible laughter by James Michie( Book )

5 editions published in 1959 in English and Undetermined and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aesop's fables by James Michie( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The epigrams [of] Martial by Martial( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of Catullus : a bilingual ed. by Gaius Valerius Catullus( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A country parson : James Woodforde's diary 1758-1802 by James Woodforde( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.38 (from 0.16 for Helen ... to 0.99 for Michie, Ja ...)

Helen
Covers
The Oxford book of short poemsLa Fontaine : selected fablesThe poems of CatullusOdes and epodesEpigrams of MartialThe odes of Horace : with the Latin textThomas Heywood's Art of love : the first complete English translation of Ovid's Ars amatoriaSelected fables
Alternative Names
James Michie britischer Dichter und Übersetzer

James Michie British journalist and translator

James Michie Brits journalist (1927-2007)

Michie, James

Languages