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Theognis: Elegies

Tanagra _5th_century_kylix_a_symposiast_sings_Theognis_o_paidon_kallisteThe Elegies (Greek: ἐλεγείων) are a body of short poems written some time in the sixth century BCE by Theognis of Megara, although some later poems are thought to have found their way into the collection. His authentic work is often seen as exemplary of the conservative values of the aristocratic symposia which emerged in response to the development of the Greek polis.

The Elegies at online book stores
Amazon | bookshop.org | Hive (UK bookshops)

Free online texts
English translations

Perseus: The Elegiac Poems of Theognis, translated by J. M Edmonds. HTML and XML format.
Wikisource: Theognis of Megara, multiple external scans.
Greek texts
Perseus: ἐλεγείων. HTML and XML format.
Wikisource: Ελεγείαι Θεόγνιδος
Bilingual texts
Internet Archive: Elegy and Iambus, Vol I. Bilingual Loeb edition.

Other Resources
History of Ancient Greece: Poets and Wise Rulers, podcast by Ryan Stitt.
Internet Archive: Studies in Theognis, together with a text of the poems, by E. Harrison (1902).
Wikipedia: Theognis of Megara.

Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes
Plato: Meno - comments on Theognis.
Ancient Greek resources: Learn to read Greek classics in the original.


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