Sand Castles

Even Ancient Greek children liked building castles by the sea.

ἔρειπε δὲ τεῖχος Ἀχαιῶν

ῥεῖα μάλ᾽, ὡς ὅτε τις ψάμαθον πάϊς ἄγχι θαλάσσης,

ὅς τ᾽ ἐπεὶ οὖν ποιήσῃ ἀθύρματα νηπιέῃσιν

ἂψ αὖτις συνέχευε ποσὶν καὶ χερσὶν ἀθύρων.


(Apollo) threw down the wall of the Greeks easily; just like a sand castle which a child at the seaside builds as a plaything in his childish way but then again destroys with his feet and hands as he plays.


Iliad 15.362

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