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Through the ambrosial night

Ambrosia, as we all know, is the food of the gods and its derivation is obvious at first glance. It comes from the Greek α-βροτος = not mortal or immortal. However it would seem that this derivation and meaning is … Continue reading

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The moon has set

Δέδυκε μὲν ἀ σελάννα καὶ Πληΐαδες, μέσαι δέ νύκτες, πάρα δ‘ ἔρχετ‘ ὤρα, ἔγω δὲ μόνα κατεύδω. The moon has set and the Pleiades, It is the middle of the night Time passes by And I sleep alone. This fragment … Continue reading

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A kindlier sea

It’s not often that you get a translation that is as good as the original but I think that this comes close. In my copy of select epigrams from the Greek Anthology (J.W.Mackail), someone has pencilled in the following translation … Continue reading

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