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My soul upon my lips

This short poem was attributed to Plato and was about the playwright Agathon who appears in Plato’s dialogue Symposium. In fact it was probably not written by Plato and could refer to another Agathon.  The strength of the poem lies … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The bobbit worm

In this poem by Theodoridas from the Greek Anthology, a strange sea creature is described – a giant sea millipede. Μυριόπουν σκολόπενδραν ὑπ᾽ Ὠρίωνι κυκηθεὶς πόντος Ἰαπύγων ἔβρας᾽ ἐπὶ σκοπέλους: καὶ τόδ᾽ ἀπὸ βλοσυροῦ σελάχευς μέγα πλευρὸν ἀνῆψαν δαίμοσι βουφόρτων … Continue reading

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