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Friday, February 03, 2017

a couple of pet epigrams from the ancient greeks

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The following are translations from ancient Greek of various epigrams (brief poems inscribed on grave markers or votive offerings).

On a Maltese Watch-Dog
Here the stone says it holds the white dog from Melita, the most
faithful guardian of Eumelus; Bull they called him while he was
yet alive; but now his voice is prisoned in the silent pathways
of night.

On a Tame Partridge
No longer, poor partridge migrated from the rocks, does thy
woven house hold thee in its thin withies, nor under the sparkle
of fresh-faced Dawn dost thou ruffle up the edges of thy basking
wings; the cat bit off thy head, but the rest of thee I snatched
away, and she did not fill her greedy jaw; and now may the earth
cover thee not lightly but heavily, lest she drag out thy remains.

This next one I believe we've seen before at the Museum, but its beauty merits another visit.
On a Thessalian Hound
Surely even as thou hast dead in this tomb I deem the wild
beasts yet fear thy white bones, huntress Lycas; and thy valour
great Pelion knows, and splendid Ossa and the lonely peaks of

- from Mackail, J. W. (John William). (1890). Select epigrams from the Greek anthology. London: Longmans, Green, and Co. Passim.

1 comment:

parlance said...

They are lovely!