Sunday, October 3, 2021

Dorkion's Gaze, Greek Anthology XII.161.1-3

Dorcium quae ephebis-gaudet scit, ut delicatus puer*,

iaculari communis Cypridis velocem sagittam, [pendens

cupidinem fulgurans ab oculo, [sui] super humeros...

Δόρκιον ἡ φιλέφηβος ἐπίσταται, ὡς ἁπαλὸς παῖς,

ἕσθαι πανδήμου Κύπριδος ὠκὺ βέλος,

ἵμερον ἀστράπτουσα κατ᾽ ὄμματος, ἠδ᾽ ὑπὲρ ὤμων...

--Asclepiades, Greek Anthology XII.161.1-3

Dorkion, the tomboy, knows how to cast a loving gaze

Over their shoulder

And shoot a love-dart from their eyes

Just like a boyfriend would. 

*The term puer delicatus usually refers to a slave; it is likely that Dorkion is not a free person.



Name:  Asclepiades of Samos

Date:  3rd c. BCE

Works:  [fragments included in the Greek Anthology]



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



 Asclepiades of Samos was a Greek lyric poet from the 3rd century BCE. His works are preserved in the Greek Anthology, a collection of Greek lyric poetry that spans numerous genres, topics, and authors.

 HELLENISTIC Greek Literature

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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