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Title: Bion of Smyrna: The Fragments and the Adonis
Author: Reed, J D
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1997
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521035545
Volumes: 1; Pages: 277
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The work of Bion of Smyrna, a Greek poet who lived about 100 B.C., survives in seventeen fragments and the longer Epitaph on Adonis. In this edition, J. D. Reed presents a new Greek text of the poems together with a facing translation. The substantial introduction covers Bion's place in the literary tradition, his treatment of ritual and myth in the Adonis poem, his style, and the textual transmission. The full commentary investigates details arising from the texts, with an emphasis on linguistic and literary-historical issues. The most comprehensive treatment ever published of Bion of Smyrna Complete new text Facing translationsContentsIntroduction1. Bion's life2. Bion bucolicus3. Bion adoniazon4. Poems possibly by Bion5. Dialect6. Metre and prosody7. Some aspects of style8. Bion's influence9. The textual transmission10. About the texts and commentariesBibliographiesTexts and TranslationsCommentariesAppendices.