Ta tou Theokritou Sesomena = Theocriti Quae Extant

From Wythepedia: The George Wythe Encyclopedia
Revision as of 09:42, 28 February 2014 by Lktesar (talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

by Theocritus

Ta tou Theokritou Sesomena = Theocriti Quae Extant

Title page from Ta tou Theokritou Sesomena = Theocriti Quae Extant, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Theocritus
Editor {{{editor}}}
Translator {{{trans}}}
Published Glasguae: In aedibus academicis excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis
Date 1746
Edition {{{edition}}}
Language Greek
Volumes {{{set}}} volume set
Location [[Shelf {{{shelf}}}]]
  [[Shelf {{{shelf2}}}]]
Bookplate of G. L., Bishop of Kilmore, front pastedown.

Theocritus was a Hellenistic Greek poet who lived in the first half of the third century BCE in Syracuse on the island of Sicily.[1] It is possible that Theocritus lived in south Italy for part of his life and even that he visited Alexandria, Egypt, during the reign of Ptolmy II Philadelphus.[2] Evidence for this is found in the fact that several of Theocritus’ poems are set in Alexandria and directly reference Ptolemy’s palace and life under his rule, specifically poems 15 and 17.[3] He invented the genre of pastoral or bucolic poetry which focused on artfully simplistic depictions of herdsmen singing of “themselves, their loves and quarrels.”[4] Due to the relatively limited subject matter, bucolic poetry became used for allegorical comments on society and politics around the time of Virgil.[5] Theocritus’ extant works include thirty poems, several fragments of poems, and twenty-four epigrams, though the authenticity of all of them is doubtful.[6]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Theocritus Gr. Lat. 4to. Foul. and given by Thomas Jefferson to his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Both George Wythe's Library[7] on LibraryThing and the Brown Bibliography[8] list the 1746 edition published by Foulis and this is the edition the Wolf Law Library purchased.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Small quarto bound in contemporary calf, rebacked to style, black calf label. Contains the engraved armorial bookplate of the G. L., Bishop of Kilmore, dated 1774 on the front pastedown. Former owner signatures of "W. Ross King, 1842" and "Angela Cambitzi, 1942" are on the front free endpaper. Purchased from Michael R. Thompson Books.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.


Inscriptions, front free endpaper.
  1. "Theo'critus” in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, ed. by M.C. Howatson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  2. Ibid.
  3. "Theocritus" in Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World, ed. by John Roberts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
  4. "pastoral poetry” in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, ed. by M.C. Howatson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  5. Ibid.
  6. "Theocritus" in Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World.
  7. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on November 13, 2013, http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe
  8. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433