Monday, November 14, 2022


Death of a Hunter

Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 54:788 (from Marmaroto on the island of Kos, 2nd/1st century BC):
πρὶν μὲν ἐνὶ ζωοῖσιν ἔτ' ὤν, Στίβε, πολλὰ κατ' ἄγκη
   τέρπεο γαυριόων κυδαλίμοισιν ἄγραις,
νῦν δέ σε τεθνειῶτα μέλαν νέφος ἀμφικαλύπτει·
   ὀκτωκαιδεχέτη μοῖραν ἐπερχόμενον
εἷλ' ἁμῖ]ν Ἀΐδας· ἀλλ' ὦ Κυλλάνιε δαῖμον,
   παῖδα τὸν ἀκρήβην πέμψον ἐπ' εὐσεβέας.
My translation:
Formerly, when you were still among the living, Stibos, down many mountain glens
you used to take pleasure, rejoicing in glorious hunts,
but now a black cloud enfolds you who have died;
at eighteen years old when you came upon your fate,
Hades took you away from us; but, o Kyllenian god,
send this boy, a youth in his prime, to the pious ones.
The Kyllenian god is of course Hermes Psychopompos, conductor of souls.

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