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Love Lyrics of Ancient Egypt / Edition 1

Love Lyrics of Ancient Egypt / Edition 1

by Barbara Hughes Fowler


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Love Lyrics of Ancient Egypt

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ISBN-13: 9780807844687
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/30/1994
Edition description: 1
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Barbara Hughes Fowler, a well-known classicist, translator, and poet, is author of The Seeds Inside a Green Pepper, a volume of original poems, Hellenistic Poetry and Archaic Greek Poetry, both works of translation, and The Hellenistic Aesthetic, a critical work. She is John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Love Lyrics of Ancient Egypt will make a very important collection of Egyptian poetry accessible to the public. In her renderings of these poems, Professor Fowler has sensibly chosen the middle road, the result being neither too free nor a 'trot' in unidiomatic English. In the popular mind the ancient Egyptians are a gloomy and morbid people. Such poetry as that in The Love Lyrics of Ancient Egypt gives the lie to that conception.—Richard Jasnow, The Oriental Institute

There is a charming, sweet sensuousness about these poems translated from papyri of the New Kingdom (1305-1080 B.C.). Translator Fowler has, in general, made these ancient works accessible without burdening them with notes. . . . The innocent sexuality of these poems is a sheer delight.—Booklist

This collection of little-known love poems, along with its lucid introduction, illuminates for the general reader the private lives and personal literature of the ancient Egyptians. The translations are typical of Barbara Fowler's work: vivid diction, melodic phrasing, and an elegant simplicity of tone.—Randall Colaizzi, Wellesley College

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