Friday, November 29, 2013


Two Houses

Agathias Scholasticus, "On a House in Constantinople" (Greek Anthology 9.677, tr. W.R. Paton):
Musonius built me with great labour, this large and imposing house, exposed to the north wind's blasts. Yet did he not avoid the dark house of Fate, but abandoning me he dwells underground. In a narrow bed of earth he lies, and I, his chiefest delight, am given up to strangers.

τεῦξέ με πολλὰ καμὼν Μουσώνιος οἶκον ἀγητὸν
  τηλίκον, ἀρκτῴοις ἄσθμασι βαλλόμενον.
ἔμπης οὐκ ἀπέειπεν ἀφεγγέα δώματα Μοίρης,
  ἀλλά με καλλείψας ἐν χθονὶ ναιετάει.
καὶ ῥ᾽ ὁ μὲν εἰς ὀλίγην κεῖται κόνιν· ἡ δὲ περισσὴ
  τέρψις ἐπὶ ξείνοις ἀνδράσιν ἐκκέχυμαι.
Related post: Sepulcri Inmemor Struis Domos.

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