Saturday, October 23, 2021

Own Voices: A Fragment of Cleomachus, Poetae Lyrici Graeci xxxii

 Quis mihi calicem ademit?  Ego bibens…

Τίς την υδρίην ημών εψόφησ; εγω πίνων...

--Cleomachus, Poetae Lyrici Graeci Fragment II.32 (1853); Translated into Latin by K. Masters

Who took my cup? I was still drinking that…



Name: Cleomachus  

Date:  4th century BCE

Works:  [fragments]



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



According to Strabo, Cleomachus was a boxer who became a poet after falling in love with a man. The Christian author Tertullian adds more information to this transformation, adding that the poet “covered the scars of their gauntlets with bangles, and exchanged their athletic uniform for a dress.”


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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