Greek poets to know and love.

Archilochus

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

Callimachus

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

Homer

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