Sunday, April 11, 2021

Daphne or Hyacinthus? The Two Loves of Apollo, Greek Anthology 9.751

 Sigillum est Hyacinthus: Apollo autem est in eo

et Daphne: utrius magis est Latoides?


ἁ σφραγὶς ὑάκινθος: Ἀπόλλων δ᾽ ἐστὶν ἐν αὐτῇ

καὶ Δάφνη: ποτέρου μᾶλλον ὁ Λητοΐδας;

--Plato Minor, Greek Anthology IX.751

The signet ring is made of Hyacinthus’ gemstone,*

But it portrays Apollo and Daphne on it:

Which one is more important to Apollo?

* Hyacinth stone is a type of blue gemstone



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Works:  Greek Anthology; Anthologia Graeca; Florilegii Graecii



Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans



 The Greek Anthology is a modern collection of Greek lyric poetry compiled from various sources over the course of Greco-Roman literature. The current collection was created from two major sources, one from the 10th century CE and one from the 14th century CE. The anthology contains authors spanning the entirety of Greek literature, from archaic poets to Byzantine Christian poets. 

 Byzantine Greek

ARCHAIC: (through 6th c. BCE); GOLDEN AGE: (5th - 4th c. BCE); HELLENISTIC: (4th c. BCE - 1st c. BCE); ROMAN: (1st c. BCE - 4th c. CE); POST CONSTANTINOPLE: (4th c. CE - 8th c. CE); BYZANTINE: (post 8th c CE)

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