Saturday, March 07, 2020
Phanias (Greek Anthology 6.294) enumerates the arsenal of a plagosus Orbilius. Kallon of course would spend his retirement behind bars today.
Σκήπωνα προποδαγὸν, ἱμάντα τε, καὶ παρακοίτανNice to see Paton (an Aberdonian) use 'tawse' in his translation but I doubt if many know the word now. Beazley (a Glaswegian, whose article on narthex is attached) keeps it.
νάρθηκα, κροτάφων πλάκτορα νηπιάχων,
κέρκον τ᾽ εὐμόλπαν φιλοκαμπέα, καὶ μονόπελμον
συγχίδα, καὶ στεγάναν κρατὸς ἐρημοκόμου,
Κάλλων Ἑρμείᾳ θέτ᾽ ἀνάκτορι, σύμβολ᾽ ἀγωγᾶς
παιδείου, πολιῷ γυῖα δεθεὶς καμάτῳ.
The staff that guided his feet, his flogging strap, the cane ever-ready to rap young heads, his supple whistling bull's pizzle, his sandal with a single sole, and the skull-cap for his haireless pate, Kallon, his body bound by the fatigue of old age, dedicates to Hermes the Lord the tools of his pedagogical trade.
Beazley = J.D. Beazley, "Narthex," American Journal of Archaeology 37.3 (July-September, 1933) 400-403, who translates Phanias' poem as follows:
The staff that guided his feet, his tawse, the narthex [that lay ever ready to his hand] to tap little boys with on the head, his lithe [whistling bull's pizzle], his one-soled slipper, and the skull-cap of his hairless pate, Kallon, his limbs fettered by senile fatigue, dedicates to Hermes the Lord, tokens of his career as a schoolmaster.A rather free version by Peter Porter:
The stick he used to tap out feetText and apparatus from Hermann Beckby, ed., Anthologia Graeca, 2nd ed., Bd. I: Buch I-VI (Munich: Ernst Heimeran Verlag, ), p. 620:
(both kinds), the belt and cane which
lay side by side to maintain order,
the well-oiled tawse, the stinging slipper
with its one thin sole, the skull cap
which kept his hairless head from laughter —
these tokens of his long schoolmastering
Callon dedicates to the Lord Hermes:
his limbs are bound by age and he
must soon depart the ageless world of boys.
- Adelmo Barigazzi, "Il maestro giubilato," L'Antiquité Classique 23.1 (1954) 115-117
- Liliane Bodson, "Point d'études sans larmes (Anthologie Palatine VI 294)," L'Antiquité Classique 41.1 (1972) 113-122
- Plagosus Orbilius
- Inexpensive Instruments of Instruction
- A Close Connection Between the Skin and the Memory
- Et Nos Ergo Manum Ferulae Subduximus
- A Male Puberty Rite
- Anarchy Tempered by Despotism
- Punishment in School
- More Punishments in School
- Ordeals of a Schoolboy
- Grammar Lesson