Greek Lyric Poetry from the Sixth Century (1576)
Theognidis Megarensis Sententiae Elegiacae cum interpretatione et scholiis Eliae Vineti (1576)
by Theognis (Megarensis)
Full Title: Theognidis Megarensis Sententiae elegiacae, cum interpretatione et scholiis Eliae Vineti: Poetarum opera sententiosa: Phocylidis, Pythagorae, Solonis, Tyrtaei, Naumaechii, Callimachi, Mimnermi, Eveni, Rhiani, Erathostenis, Panysidis. Lini, Menecratis Posidippi, Metrodori, Simonidis Senariorum libellus. Omnia in usum Scholarum collecta, et ad verbum...
6 ½ x 4. In Latin. 1576. Collation complete with all 184 leaves. Clearly a book that was extensively used by both human and worm. Soiling to pigskin, over wooden boards, no doubt as result of centuries of handling, which gives it its appeal. A work that was apparently truly cherished! Corners lightly bumped. Several wormholes present to boards, pastedowns and leaves, though largely unaffecting text. Binding, however, is remarkably tight, and there are no writings or markings in the text. Most importantly, no evidence of exposure to moisture. Though leaves are completely free of foxing that plagues the paper quality used in printing centuries later, some browning is both expected and thusly present. A tangible PIECE OF POST-CLASSICAL ERA HISTORY that presents nicely overall as it reverberates when held in modern day hands.
Theognis of Megara was a Greek lyric poet active in approximately the sixth century BC. The work attributed to him consists of gnomic poetry quite typical of the time, featuring ethical maxims and practical advice about life. He was the first Greek poet known to express concern over the eventual fate and survival of his own work and, along with Homer, Hesiod and the authors of the Homeric Hymns, he is among the earliest poets whose work has been preserved in a continuous manuscript tradition (the work of other archaic poets is preserved as scattered fragments). This first Latin translation of Theognis appeared from the original Greek in 1543. This 1576 printing includes both Greek and Latin translations. Many editions of this Jacob Hertel translation were printed over the next couple of decades because of the immense popularity of these annotations. It includes commentary and notes on famous philosophers and mathematicians such as Pythagoras, Phocylides, Solon, Eratosthenes, and others. A truly rare work.
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