Monday, March 04, 2024


Singing in His Cups

Interior of red-figure drinking cup from Tanagra, ca. 500 BC, in Athens, National Archaeological Museum (inv. no. 1357, formerly CC1158) = Beazley Archive, vase number 9534 (click once or twice to enlarge):
The words coming out of the symposiast's mouth (right to left) are the first three words of Theognis 1365-1366 (tr. Douglas E. Gerber):
Most handsome and desirable of all boys,
stay where you are and listen to a few words from me.

ὦ παίδων κάλλιστε καὶ ἱμεροέστατε πάντων,
στῆθ᾿ αὐτοῦ καί μου παῦρ᾿ ἐπάκουσον ἔπη.

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