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Works: 2,746 works in 6,126 publications in 9 languages and 42,304 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Musical settings  Scores  Manuscripts  Pastoral poetry 
Roles: Author, Creator, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Author in quotations or text abstracts, Editor, Translator, Dedicatee, Honoree
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
Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus by Theocritus( )

15 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Under Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who ruled Egypt in the middle of the third century B.C.E., Alexandria became the brilliant multicultural capital of the Greek world. Theocritus's poem in praise of Philadelphus - at once a Greek king and an Egyptian pharaoh - is the only extended poetic tribute to this extraordinary ruler that survives
The Greek bucolic poets by Theocritus( Book )

43 editions published between 1912 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

THEOCRITUS of the third century B.C., born at Syracuse, travelled widely in the Greek world. Having studied poetry at Cos under poet and critic Philitas, he composed poetry under patronage, chiefly perhaps at Syracuse and Cos; and then went to Alexandria in Egypt, whose King Ptolemy II (died 246 B.C.), pupil of Philitas, befriended him. Here (and at Cos?) he spent the rest of his life. Most lovable of Greek verse-makers, as the founder of bucolic or pastoral poetry Theocritus was supreme in his simple literary domain, though only part of his poetry is pastoral and he used predecessors and contemporaries. Of his so-called Idylls 'Little forms' or pieces (not all are genuine) ten are about pastoral life real or idealised; several are small epics (charming in parts; three are hymns); two are beautiful 'occasional' poems (one about a country-walk, one to accompany a gift of a distaff for the wife of his friend Nicias;) six are love-poems; several are mimes (one famous for vivid realism and modernity, another 'The Spell' equally unforgettable) being striking pictures of common life; and three are specially expressive of his own feelings. The 24 'Epigrams' (nearly all are good and look genuine) were apparently inscribed on works of art
Fifteenth idyll by Theocritus( )

in English and held by 1,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idylls of Theocritus by Theocritus( Book )

81 editions published between 1869 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theokritou ta evriskomena, Theocriti quae extant cum graecis scholiis by Theocritus( )

57 editions published between 1699 and 1759 in 6 languages and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocritus, Moschus, Bion by Theocritus( Book )

12 editions published in 2015 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 625 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
Theocritus by Theocritus( Book )

79 editions published between 1516 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bucolici graeci by Theocritus( Book )

60 editions published between 1810 and 1997 in 8 languages and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theocritus by Theocritus( Book )

21 editions published between 1950 and 1998 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idylls by Theocritus( Book )

42 editions published between 1894 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 517 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."--Jacket
Sylvæ, or, The second part of Poetical miscellanies by John Dryden( )

12 editions published between 1685 and 1980 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idylls. A verse translation by Theocritus( Book )

3 editions published between 1963 and 1975 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idylles by Theocritus( Book )

122 editions published between 1495 and 2009 in 9 languages and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idylls and epigrams commonly attributed to Theocritus by Theocritus( Book )

24 editions published between 1869 and 2010 in Greek, Ancient and English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Idylls of Theocritus : a verse translation by Theocritus( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek pastoral poetry : Theocritus, Bion, Moschus, the pattern poems( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published between 1684 and 1983 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

28 editions published between 1880 and 2012 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bucolicorum graecorum Theocriti, Bionis, Moschi reliquiae, accedentibus incertorum idylliis by Theocritus( Book )

80 editions published between 1849 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus
The Greek bucolic poetsThe idylls of TheocritusTheocritus, Moschus, BionTheocritusBucolici graeciIdyllsTheocritus's urban mimes : mobility, gender, and patronage
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