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For the ancient Phoenician writer, see Mochus. For the 6th century A.D. Syrian writer, see Joannes Moschus. Moschus is also the genus of the musk deer.


Moschus (), ancient Greek bucolic poet and student of the Alexandrian grammarian Aristarchus of Samothrace, was born at Syracuse and flourished about 150 BC. Aside from his poetry, he was known for his grammatical work, nothing of which survives.

His few surviving works consist of a short poem in epic hexameters, Europa, on the myth of Europa, three bucolic fragments and a whole short bucolic poem Runaway Love, and an epigram in elegiac couplets. His surviving bucolic material (composed in the traditional dactylic hexameters and Doric dialect) is short on pastoral themes and is largely erotic and mythological; although this impression may be distorted by the paucity of evidence, it is also seen in the surviving bucolic of the generations after Moschus, including the work of Bion of Smyrna. Moschus' poetry is typically edited along with other bucolic poets, as in the commonly used Oxford text by A. S. F. Gow (1952), but the "Europa" has often received separate scholarly editions, as by Winfried Bühler (Wiesbaden 1960) and Malcolm Campbell (Hildesheim 1991). The epigram is also normally published with the edition by Maximos Planoudes of the Greek Anthology.

The Europa, along with Callimachus' Hecale and such Latin examples as Catullus 64, is a major example of the Hellenistic phenomenon of the miniature epic. Although it is hard to tell because of the fragmentary nature of the evidence, Moschus' influence on Greek bucolic poetry is likely to have been significant; the influence of Runaway Love is felt in Bion and other later bucolic poets. In later European literature his work was imitated or translated by such authors as Torquato Tasso and Ben Jonson.

Two other poems, attributed to him at one time or another but no longer thought to be his, are also commonly edited with his work. The best known is the Epitaph on Bion (i.e. Bion of Smyrna), which had a long history of influence on the pastoral lament for a poet (compare Milton's Lycidas). The other is a miniature epic on Megara (the wife of Heracles), consisting of an epic dialogue between Heracles' mother and his wife on his absence.
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Total Books: 17
Theocritus Moschus Bion
2015 - Theocritus Moschus Bion [Loeb Classical Library] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780674996441
ISBN-10: 0674996445
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Poetae Bucolici Graeci Sive Theocriti Bionis Et Moschi Quae Supersunt
2010 - Poetae Bucolici Graeci Sive Theocriti Bionis Et Moschi Quae Supersunt [Latin Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143625091
ISBN-10: 1143625099
Genre: Nonfiction
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Hesiod
2010 - Hesiod (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142218997
ISBN-10: 1142218996
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Theocriti Bionis Et Moschi Carmina Bucolica Graece  Latine
2010 - Theocriti Bionis Et Moschi Carmina Bucolica Graece Latine [Latin Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142666125
ISBN-10: 1142666123
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Poetae Bucolici Et Didactici
2010 - Poetae Bucolici Et Didactici [Latin Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142858834
ISBN-10: 1142858839
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Bucolicorum Graecorum Theocriti Bionis Moschi Reliquiae Accedentibus Incertorum Idylliis
Greek Pastoral Poets Theocritus Bion and Moschus
2010 - Greek Pastoral Poets Theocritus Bion and Moschus (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141904334
ISBN-10: 1141904330
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Theocritus Bion and Moschus
2009 - Theocritus Bion and Moschus (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781117594866
ISBN-10: 1117594866
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Les Idylles De Bion Et De Moschus
2009 - Les Idylles De Bion Et De Moschus [1686 - French Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104649098
ISBN-10: 1104649098
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Moschi Idyllia Tria Graece
2009 - Moschi Idyllia Tria Graece [1795 - Latin Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781104650483
ISBN-10: 1104650487
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Les Idylles De Bion Et De Moschus
2009 - Les Idylles De Bion Et De Moschus [1686 - French Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781104691721
ISBN-10: 1104691728
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Idyllia And Other Poems That Are Extant Of Bion And Moschus
2009 - The Idyllia and Other Poems That Are Extant of Bion and Moschus [1825] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104395032
ISBN-10: 1104395037
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Idyllia And Other Poems That Are Extant Of Bion And Moschus
2009 - The Idyllia and Other Poems That Are Extant of Bion and Moschus [1825] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781104426019
ISBN-10: 1104426013
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Europa
1991 - Europa [Altertumswissenschaftliche Texte und Studien - Greek Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783487094328
ISBN-10: 3487094320
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Greek Pastoral Poetry
1974 - Greek Pastoral Poetry [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140442946
ISBN-10: 0140442944
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Greek Bucolic Poets
1912 - Greek Bucolic Poets [Loeb Classical Library No. 28] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674990319
ISBN-10: 0674990315
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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