This collection of classical lyric poems, translated by Sherod Santos, answers Dante Gabriel Rossetti's mandate that 'The only true motive for putting poetry into a fresh language must be to endow a fresh nation ...with one more possession of ...
beauty'. And indeed, the reader finds here the plenty of the gods in poems of freshness, vigour, excitement, strength, and tenderness. Arranged into four periods - Classical, Hellenic, Roman, and Early Byzantine - Greek Lyric Poetry features works by such ancient masters as Xenophanes, Callimachus, Plato, Sappho, and Simonides. These translations are addressed to the general reader as well as to poets and lovers of poetry.