I care not . . .

Posted in Greece, Painting, Philosophy, Poetry with tags , , on September 23, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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I care not for the wealth of Gyges the King of Sardis, nor does gold take me captive, and I praise not tyrants. I care to drench my beard with scent and crown my head with roses. I care for to-day ; who knows to-morrow?

Text: Anacreon (c.582 – c.485 BC), The Greek Anthology XI:47 translated by W. R. Paton. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1918
Image: Jean-Bernard Restout (1732 – 1797), Les plaisirs d’Anacréon, date and location unknown

Giunone e Psiche

Posted in Greek Myth, Painting with tags , on September 22, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
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Giulio Romano
fresco, c. 1526-28
Palazzo Te, Mantua

The First Step

Posted in Greece, Painting, Poetry with tags , on September 22, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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The young poet Eumenes complained
to Theocritus one day:
‘Two years have passed since I began to write,
and all I’ve composed is just one idyll.
It is my only completed work.
Alas, it’s high, so I see,
the stairway of Poetry is so very high;
and from the first step, where I stand,
miserable me, I’ll never climb higher. ‘
Theocritus said: ‘These words
are blasphemous and unbecoming.
Even though you stand on the first step,
you still ought to be proud and happy.
To have come so far is no small matter;
to have done so much is great glory.
For even this first step is still
by far above the common people.
In order to set foot upon this step,
you must be in your own right
a citizen in the city of ideas.
It is both difficult and rare
to be made a citizen of that city.
In its agora you come across Lawgivers
that cannot be deceived by any opportunist.
To have come so far is no small matter;
to have done so much is great glory.’

Text: C. P. Cavafy, The Collected Poems, translated by Evangelos Sachperoglou. Oxford University Press, 2007

Original Greek poem

Image: William Blake, Jacob’s Dream, c. 1805, The British Museum

Giunone

Posted in Art, Greek Myth, Object, Poetry with tags , , , on September 21, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
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Lorenzo Bartolini
plaster, c. 1820s
Galleria dell’Accademia, Firenze

I sing of golden-throned Hera whom Rhea bare. Queen of the immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty: she is the sister and the wife of loud-thundering Zeus,—the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high Olympus reverence and honour even as Zeus who delights in thunder.

Attributed to Homer, translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White. Cambridge, 1914

“Junone”

Posted in Drawing, Greek Myth with tags on September 20, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
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Benvenuto Cellini
chalk drawing, 1540
Musée du Louvre

Gli amori di Giove e Giunone

Posted in Greek Myth, Painting with tags , on September 20, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
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Annibale Carracci
Giove e Giunone, 1597
detail from the fresco cycle ‘Gli amori degli dei
Palazzo Farnese, Roma

Η ασπίδα του Φιλίππου Β’

Posted in Art, Greece, Object with tags , , on September 19, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
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The Shield of Philip II
ivory and gold, c. 330s BC
Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai, Greece