Sunday, August 14, 2022


I Can't Help Myself

Greek Anthology 11.340 (by Palladas; tr. W.R. Paton):
I swore ten thousand times to make no more epigrams,
for I had brought on my head the enmity of many fools,
but when I set eyes on the face of the Paphlagonian
Pentagathus I can't repress the malady.

ὤμοσα μυριάκις ἐπιγράμματα μηκέτι ποιεῖν·
    πολλῶν γὰρ μωρῶν ἔχθραν ἐπεσπασάμην.
ἀλλ᾽ ὁπόταν κατίδω τοῦ Παφλαγόνος τὸ πρόσωπον
    Πανταγάθου, στέξαι τὴν νόσον οὐ δύναμαι.
For Pentagathus read Pantagathus. Maybe he had a Backpfeifengesicht.

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