Friday, November 11, 2016


In Commemoration of Agathon

Anacreon, fragment 100 = Greek Anthology 7.226, tr. C.M. Bowra, Greek Lyric Poetry from Alcman to Simonides, 2nd rev. ed. (1961; rpt. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000), p. 270:
Strong Agathon, who died for Abdera, was mourned at his pyre by the whole of the city; for Ares, who loves blood, never in the eddy of hateful battle slew such a young man as he was.

Ἀβδήρων προθανόντα τὸν αἰνοβίην Ἀγάθωνα
    πᾶσ᾿ ἐπὶ πυρκαϊῆς ἥδ᾿ ἐβόησε πόλις·
οὔ τινα γὰρ τοιόνδε νέων ὁ φιλαίματος Ἄρης
    ἠνάρισε στυγερῆς ἐν στροφάλιγγι μάχης.

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