More giant millipedes

Yesterday I posted on the bobbit worm and how I thought I had an identification for this strange creature. I have now found that the next poem in the Greek anthology refers to the same creature and the actual length is given – eight cubits or about twenty meters. This is way beyond the length of any so-called bobbit worm so I am putting this down either to poetic license or fisherman’s exaggeration.

antipater

λείψανον ἀμφίκλαστον ἁλιπλανέος σκολοπένδρης
τοῦτο κατ᾽ εὐψαμάθου κείμενον ἠϊόνος,
δισσάκι τετρόργυιον, ἅπαν πεφορυγμένον ἀφρῷ,
πολλὰ θαλασσαίῃ ξανθὲν ὑπὸ σπιλάδι,
Ἑρμῶναξ ἐκίχανεν, ὅτε γριπηίδι τέχνῃ
εἷλκε τὸν ἐκ πελάγους ἰχθυόεντα βόλον
εὑρὼν δ᾽ ἠέρτησε Παλαίμονι παιδὶ καὶ Ἰνοῖ,
δαίμοσιν εἰναλίοις δοὺς τέρας εἰνάλιον.

These broken remains of a seafaring millipede lying on the sandy beach, twice four fathoms (twenty meters approx) long, stained by the foam, much beaten under a sea rock, Hermonax found when with his skill as a fisherman he dragged in his catch of fish from the sea. And on finding it, he dedicated this monster of the sea as an offering to Ino and her son Palaimon, deities of the sea.

Anth. Gr. 6.223

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s