Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments

 Translated by R J Dent

Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments – translated by R J Dent (ISBN 978-1-906451-53-0)

R J Dent’s sensitive modern English translation of the complete Poems & Fragments of Alcaeus is now available to download onto your Kindle at:


and in ePub format (Sony, Kobo, etc) at:


Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments is also available in paperback from Circaidy Gregory Press at:

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Alcaeus was a fellow countryman and contemporary of Sappho, and his beautiful and delicate poetry is often overshadowed by Sappho’s reputation. R J Dent has now translated all of Alcaeus’s Poems & Fragments from ancient Greek into lively modern English in an attempt to rescue Alcaeus’s ethereal poetry from obscurity.

There is no other published translation of Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments in existence.

Product Details:

Title: Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments – translated by R J Dent [Paperback Edition]

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-906451-53-0

Title: Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments – translated by R J Dent [Kindle Edition]

e-book ISBN: 978-1-906451-54-7

Translator: R J Dent

© R J Dent (2012)

Language: English 

Pages: 112

Paperback ISBN 978-1-906451-53-0 £7.49.  Orders available to trade and retail customers from or to trade via Nielsen Teleorders. Contact for discount and SoR terms.

Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments (in paperback and kindle formats) is now available from Amazon, and in all other eformats from all i-stores. Orders available to trade from Gardners and Baker and Taylor.

Here’s a recent review of Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments:

R J Dent’s published works include a novel, Myth; translations of Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil & Artificial Paradise; of Le Comte de Lautréamont’s The Songs of Maldoror; of Alcaeus’s Poems & Fragments; a Gothic novella, Deliverance; a poetry collection, Moonstone Silhouettes, and various stories, articles, essays, poems, etc, in a wide range of magazines, periodicals and journals, including Orbis, Philosophy Now, Acumen and Writer’s Muse. 

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5 Responses to “Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments”

  1. Larry Statham Says:

    Cool! A translation of Alcaeus’s work at last. Why this has taken so long to reach us I don’t know. Other (lesser) Greek poets are available, but Alcaeus has often been mentioned, but seldom translated. Way to go, R.J.

  2. Sappho Says:

    Is this all of the poems and fragments? Where can I get these?

  3. Erik Constantine Says:

    The only reliable version of the poems and fragments of Alkaios until now was the Loeb edition. Now there is this version of yours (R. J. Dent) in paperback. I’m not sure why nobody else published Alkaios before you, but I’m very happy you translated and published this neglected author, for he is a wonderful, beautiful, thought-provoking poet.

  4. Madeline Hudson Says:

    No way! Poems and fragments of Alcaeus available in paperback! This has taken years. The Loeb version is shit. Hope this one’s better…

  5. Klause Patrick Says:

    I love this book – there are a lot of interesting Greek cultural references. However, it’s also very English in that it could have been written by an English person living in Greece – which I think is the case.

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