Alistair Elliot is a freelance poet and verse translator, born in Liverpool in 1932. 'My Country', his collected poems, came out in 1989. His 'Italian Landscape Poems' and his translation of Euripides' 'Medea', made for the Almeida Theatre and Diana Rigg, appeared in 1993. He has also published as parallel texts a version of Heine's 'Lazarus Poems', a selection of 'French Love Poems', Valery's 'La Jeune Parque', and an annotated edition of Virgil's and Dryden's 'Georgics'. His selection of 'Roman Food Poems', translations from the great Roman poets about the basis of society, what we eat and how we eat it, came out in 2003. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.