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On Anacreon

Posted in Art, Poetry with tags , , , , on November 18, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

pandura

Oh beloved who didst love the clear lute, O thou who didst sail through thy whole life with song and with love.

Text: Anonymous, The Greek Anthology VII:23B translated by W. R. Paton. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1917
Image: Anonymous, Woman sitting on a rock and playing the lute or pandura, 1st quarter of the 3rd century BC, Musée du Louvre
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…a hollow cup…

Posted in Greece, Object, Poetry with tags , on October 9, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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.

I care not . . .

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

jean-bernard-restout-les-plaisirs-danacreon

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