…a hollow cup…


Moulding the silver make me, Hephaestus, no suit of armour, but fashion as deep as thou canst a hollow cup, and work on it neither stars nor chariots nor hateful Orion, but blooming vines and laughing clusters with lovely Bacchus.

Text: Anacreon (c.582 – c.485 BC), The Greek Anthology XI:48 translated by W. R. Paton. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1918
Image: Gold decorated silver cup from Kamiros, Rhodes, c. 800 – 600 BC. via
This cup though not decorated in the manner specified by Anacreon has the advantage of being rather older than the poet and of a kind that he might well have drunk wine from himself. Ancient Greek silverware is naturally extremely rare, alas.

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