Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments


The complete Poems & Fragments of Alcaeus is now finally available as a paperback book and as an e-book in R J Dent’s sensitive modern English translation.

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.

Here is a review of Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments:

R J Dent’s translation of Alcaeus: Poems and Fragments is now available as a paperback book and an e-book from Circaidy Gregory Press:

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Product Details:

Title: Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments (paperback edition)

ISBN 978-1-906451-53-0

Title: Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments [e-book Edition]


Translator: R J Dent

© R J Dent (2012)

Formats: Paperback and e-book

Language: English

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. Monica Clarke Says:

    I had no idea there was a version of Alcaeus’s poems available.

    Is it only in kindle format? I could do with a paperback version.

  2. Maurice Edgerly Says:

    It’s great to have a modern English version of Alcaeus’s complete poems and fragments finally available.

  3. Jane Simmons Says:

    Nice to see Alcaeus getting a look in at last… usually he’s overlooked on account of the Lesbian. He’s as talented. When’s this book out in paperback?

  4. Jamilla Hundan Says:

    Yay! At last! Alcaeus in paperback and on kindle. I’ve been waiting for over a year for this.

  5. patrick enders Says:

    Is this really better than the Loeb edition?

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