Friday, April 08, 2022


The Harsh Storm-Cloud of War

Simonides, Epigrams 2 = Greek Anthology 16.26 (tr. John H. Molyneux):
We were overwhelmed beneath a glen of Mount Dirphys, and a grave-mound has been heaped over us near the Euripus by our community; quite rightly, for we lost our lovely youth in abiding the harsh storm-cloud of war.

Δίρφυος ἐδμήθημεν ὑπὸ πτυχί, σῆμα δ᾽ ἐφ᾽ ἡμῖν
   ἐγγύθεν Εὐρίπου δημοσίᾳ κέχυται—
οὐκ ἀδίκως· ἐρατὴν γὰρ ἀπωλέσαμεν νεότητα,
   τρηχεῖαν πολέμου δεξάμενοι νεφέλην.

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