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Works: 2,264 works in 5,012 publications in 9 languages and 31,189 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical settings  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Dedicatee, Editor, Contributor, Translator, Creator
Classifications: PA4443.E5, 884.01
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Most widely held works about Theocritus
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Most widely held works by Theocritus
Theocritus, Bion, and Moschus by Theocritus( Book )

126 editions published between 1808 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocritus by Theocritus( Book )

35 editions published between 1950 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocritus, Moschus, Bion by Theocritus( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Theocritus (early third century BCE), born in Syracuse and also active on Cos and at Alexandria, was the inventor of the bucolic genre. Like his contemporary Callimachus, Theocritus was a learned poet who followed the aesthetic, developed a generation earlier by Philitas of Cos (LCL 508), of refashioning traditional literary forms in original ways through tightly organized and highly polished work on a small scale (thus the traditional generic title Idylls: "little forms"). Although Theocritus composed in a variety of genres or generic combinations, including encomium, epigram, hymn, mime, and epyllion, he is best known for the poems set in the countryside, mostly dialogues or song-contests, that combine lyric tone with epic meter and the Doric dialect of his native Sicily to create an idealized and evocatively described pastoral landscape, whose lovelorn inhabitants, presided over by the Nymphs, Pan, and Priapus, use song as a natural mode of expression. The bucolic/pastoral genre was developed by the second and third members of the Greek bucolic canon, Moschus (fl. mid second century BCE, also from Syracuse) and Bion (fl. some fifty years later, from Phlossa near Smyrna), and remained vital through Greco-Roman antiquity and into the modern era."-- Publisher description
Bucoliques grecs by Theocritus( Book )

62 editions published between 1925 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Select poems by Theocritus( Book )

38 editions published between 1971 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek pastoral poetry; Theocritus, Bion, Moschus, the pattern poems by Anthony Holden( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idylls. A verse translation by Theocritus( Book )

35 editions published between 1495 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a new annotated translation of the Greek poems of Theocritus of Syracuse (first half of the third century B.C.), the inventor of 'bucolic' or 'pastoral' poetry, the principal model for Virgil in the Eclogues, and hence a major figure in the literary traditions which antiquity bequeathed to Western literature. Although it is the pastoral poems for which he is best known, Theocritus' oeuvre also includes hymns to the gods, brilliant mime depictions of everyday life, and encomia of the great, such as Ptolemy Philadelphus. Theocritus is our best witness to the rich variety of poetic forms which flourished in the Hellenistic age."--BOOK JACKET
Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus by Theocritus( Book )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With its clear translation and its commentary on genre, dialect, diction, and historical reference in relation to Theocritus's Encomium, the book is also significant for what it reveals about the poem's cultural and social contexts and about Theocritus's devices for addressing his several readerships."--Jacket
Theocritus, Idylls and epigrams by Theocritus( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bucolici graeci by Theocritus( Book )

28 editions published between 1810 and 1988 in 5 languages and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocriti Carmina by Theocritus( Book )

45 editions published between 1804 and 1948 in 5 languages and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idylliums of Theocritus : with Rapin's discourse of pastorals by Theocritus( Book )

13 editions published in 1684 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sylvæ, or, The second part of Poetical miscellanies by John Dryden( Book )

6 editions published between 1692 and 1980 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocritus, Bion and Moschus, rendered into English prose, with an introductory essay by Theocritus( Book )

21 editions published between 1889 and 1932 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocriti Syracusii, poëtae celeberrimi, selecta ac praecipua quaedam Idyllia : Graeca et Latina : in quibis omnimoda dorismorum varietas continetur, eademque cum caeteris dialectis by Theocritus( Book )

10 editions published between 1683 and 1980 in Latin and Undetermined and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idyllia, epigrams, and fragments by Theocritus( Book )

46 editions published between 1786 and 2010 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curæ posteriores, sive appendicula notarum atque emendationum in Theocritum Oxonii nuperrime publicatum by Theocritus( Book )

12 editions published between 1772 and 2009 in Latin and Greek, Ancient and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Theocritus papyri by Theocritus( Book )

10 editions published in 1930 in Greek, Ancient and English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of Theocritus by Theocritus( Book )

8 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus
Alternative Names

Feokrit a 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Pseudo-Theocritus ca. v4./3.Jh.


Teòcrit ca. 300-ca. 250 aC. de Siracusa

Teòcrit de Siracusa

Teòcrit, de Siracusa, ca. 300-ca. 250 aC

Teòcrit Italià


Teocrito 0300?-0250? av. J.-C.

Teócrito a 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Teocrito c. 300-260 a.C.

Teócrito ca. 300-ca. 250 aC.

Teocrito ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Teocrito ca. v4./3.Jh.

Teocrito ca. v4./3.Jh Poeta

Teócrito de Siracusa

Teocrito Poeta ca. v4./3.Jh.

Teocrito poeta siceliota


Teokrit a 300-ca 260 f.Kr





Teokryt a 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Teokryt ca. 300-ca. 250 aC.

Teokryt grecki poeta



Theòcrit ca. 300-ca. 250 aC.

Theocrit ca. v4./3.Jh.


Théocrite a 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Théocrite ca. 300-ca. 250 aC.

Théocrite ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Théocrite ca. v4./3.Jh

Théocrite ca. v4./3.Jh de Syracuse

Théocrite de Syracuse ca. v4./3.Jh.

Théocrite poète bucolique grec



Theocritus 0300?-0250? av. J.-C.

Theocritus ancient greek poet

Theocritus asi 300-asi 260 př. Kr

Theocritus Bucolicus ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theocritus ca. 300-ca. 250 aC.

Theocritus ca 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Theocritus ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Theocritus ca. v4./3.Jh Bucolicus

Theocritus ca. v4./3.Jh Poeta

Theocritus ca. v4./3.Jh Poeta Bucolicus

Theocritus ca. v4./3.Jh Syracusanus

Theocritus Poeta Bucolicus

Theocritus Poeta Bucolicus ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theocritus Poeta ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theocritus Syracusanus

Theocritus Syracusanus ca 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Theocritus Syracusanus ca. v4./3.Jh.


Theokrit a 300-ca 260 f.Kr

Theokrit ca. 300-ca. 250 aC.

Theokrit ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Theokrit ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokrit ca. v4./3.Jh von Syrakus

Theokrit fra Syrakus

Theokrit von Syrakus ca. v4./3.Jh.


Theókritos 0300?-0250? av. J.-C.

Theokritos Bukolischer Dichter ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theókritos ca. 300-ca. 250 aC.

Theokritos ca. 310-250 v.Chr

Theokritos ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokritos ca. v4./3.Jh Bukolischer Dichter

Theokritos ca. v4./3.Jh Dichter

Theokritos ca. v4./3.Jh Syrakusier

Theokritos ca. v4./3.Jh von Syrakus

Theokritos Dichter ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokritos griechischer Dichter

Theokritos Syrakusier ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokritos von Syrakus ca. v4./3.Jh.

Theokritos ze Syrakus asi 300-asi 260 př. Kr


Theokritosz (költő) ógörög költő

Theokritus ca. 310-250 v.Chr



Θεόκριτος 0300?-0250? av. J.C.



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Select poemsIdylls. A verse translationEncomium of Ptolemy PhiladelphusBucolici graeciHellenistic poetryTheocritus's urban mimes : mobility, gender, and patronageThe pipes of Pan : intertextuality and literary filiation in the pastoral tradition from Theocritus to Milton