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The epic poet Coluthus of Lycopolis flourished in the early sixth century AD and his sole extant work is ‘The Rape of Helen’. A poem of 392 hexameters, it was almost lost, save for its discovery by Cardinal Bessarion in the fifteenth century. It charts the events leading up to the Trojan War, with the famous ‘Judgment of Paris’, the abduction of Helen and their doomed arrival at Troy. It is a charming miniature epic, offering an invaluable resource for all students of classical Greek. 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 Coluthus’ complete extant work, with illustrations, a concise introduction and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Coluthus’ life and poem
* Features the complete extant work, in both English translation and the original Greek
* Concise introduction to the text
* Includes the translation and accompanying footnotes by A. W. Mair, previously appearing in the Loeb Classical Library edition of Coluthus
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Provides a special dual English and Greek text, allowing readers to compare the poem section by section — ideal for students
* Mair’s accompanying introduction — discover Coluthus’ ancient world


The Translation
The Rape of Helen

The Greek Text
Ἁρπαγὴ Ἑλένης

The Dual Text
Dual Greek and English Text

The Biography
Introduction to Coluthus by A. W. Mair

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