The poems in this collection are short and make for an easy an enlightening read. Whenever I read classics like these, written so long ago, it’s striking how lives lived 2,000-plus years ago are so much like ours. Love, hate, envy, “it’s still the same old story,” as the famous song goes.
Here is a sample from the Roman poet Martial:
I send you a lock of hair
From an Arctic race, Lesbia,
So that you may know how much
More golden is your own.
Poems From the Greek Anthology, Expanded Edition, Ann Arbor Paperbacks, University of Michigan Press, Translated by Kenneth Rexroth, 1999.