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Flourishing in the seventh century BC, Alcman was a choral lyric poet from Sparta. He was the earliest representative of the Alexandrian canon of the Nine Lyric Poets and composed poetry in the local Doric dialect, with Homeric influences. The extant fragments reveal that his verses were mostly hymns composed in long stanzas, comprising lines of varying metres. Alcman’s poetry is noted for its clear, light and pleasant tone, while employing rich visual description. Delphi’s Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Greek texts. This eBook presents Alcman’s fragments, with illustrations, an informative introduction and bonus material. (Version 1)

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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Alcman’s life and works
* Features the extant fragments of Alcman, in both English translation and the original Greek
* Concise introduction to the text
* Features J. M. Edmonds’ 1922 translation, previously appearing in the Loeb Classical Library edition
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the fragments you want to read with individual contents tables
* Features a bonus contextual essay by John Addington Symonds — discover the history of ancient lyric poetry


The Translation
The Fragments of Alcman (1922)

The Greek Text
List of Greek Fragments

The Contextual Essay
The Lyric Poets (1873) by John Addington Symonds


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