Saturday, December 19, 2015


Haec Studia Senectutem Oblectant

David A. Campbell, ed. and tr., Greek Lyric, Vol. II: Anacreon, Anacreontea, Choral Lyric from Olympus to Alcman (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1988), p. 143 (Anacreon, fragment 503, from Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum, Papyrus 13407, aka P. Schubart 38, here with Campbell's note):
Old age without the arts is admittedly foul, but old age with the arts—Apollo1, how delightful it is!

1 Schubart thought the words of Anacreon might be represented from here onwards.
The Greek (id., p. 142):
γῆρ[ας] ἄμουσον μὲν [ὁμο]λογουμένως [αἰσ]χρόν, μουσικὸ[ν δ]ὲ Ἄπολλον ὡς χαρίεν.
Here is an image of the portion of the papyrus containing the words quoted. Start with the last three letters of the top line (ΓΗΡ):

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