Greek poets to know and love.


c, 680 - c. 640 BCE

An early poet who based his work on experience of warfare and personal life.

Archilochus 7

Archilochus on endurance

κήδεα μὲν στονόεντα, Περίκλεες, οὔτε τις ἀστῶν

Tough love from Archilochus on loss and mourning


c 310 - 240 BCE

Callimachus, a great poet in his own right, was also a scholar at the Library of Alexandria, the most important of the ancient classical world.

Callimachus Epigram 2

Callimachus remembers his poet-friend

εἶπέ τις Ἡράκλειτε τεὸν μόρον

The poet Callimachus remembers his poet-friend Heraclitus


Eighth or seventh century BCE?

Author of the Iliad and the Odyssey and accepted in the ancient world as the greatest writer of epic.

Odyssey Book 1, lines 1-10

The Odyssey begins

ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον,

Tell me, Muse, of the resourceful Odysseus

Iliad Book 1, lines 1-21

The Iliad begins

μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος

Sing O Muse of the wrath of Achilles