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Theocritus

Θεόκριτος, 3rd cent. BC ,  Ancient Greek poet
TheocritusGreek poet of the 3rd century BC, probably a Syracusan who later lived in Kos and Alexandria. He invented the genre of Greek bucolic poetry.
His poems were termed eidyllia (“idylls”), a diminutive of eidos, which may mean “little poems.”
the best known of his idylls are Thyrsis (Idyll 1), a lament for Daphnis, the original shepherd poet, who died of unrequited love; Cyclops, a humorous depiction of ugly Polyphemus vainly wooing the sea nymph Galatea; and Thalysia (Idyll 7), describing a festival on the island of Cos.

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Faults are beauties in a lover's eye.


Ancient Greek

For the lazy it is always the holidays.

Αεργοίς αιέν εορτά.


You need to have courage, because tomorrow will be better. While there's life there’s hope, and only the dead have none.

Θαρσείν χρη, τάχ’ αύριον έσσετ’ άμεινον. Eλπίδες εν ζωοίσιν, ανέλπιστοι δε θανόντες.


Poverty awakens the arts.

Πενία τέχνας κατεργάζεται.


[I don’t write because] I cannot write as I want and I wouldn’t write as I can.

Ως μεν βούλομαι ου δύναμαι, ως δε δύναμαι ου βούλομαι.


Now begins a river of words and a trickling of sense.

Άρχεται λέξεων μεν ποταμός, νου δε σταλαγμός.

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