Saturday, June 18, 2022

M/M: When Beautiful People Date, Greek Anthology XII.163


Invenit Amor quodnam pulchro misceat pulchrum, non smaragdum,

auro, quod neque floret neque fiat compar

neque ebur ebeno, albo nigrum, sed Cleandrum

Eubioto, Suadae flores Amicitiae.

εὗρεν Ἔρως τί καλῷ μίξει καλόν, οὐχὶ μάραγδον

χρυσῷ, ὃ μήτ᾽ ἀνθεῖ, μήτε γένοιτ᾽ ἐν ἴσῳ,

οὐδ᾽ ἐλέφαντ᾽ ἐβένῳ, λευκῷ μέλαν, ἀλλὰ Κλέανδρον

Εὐβιότῳ, πειθοῦς ἄνθεα καὶ φιλίης.

--Asclepiades, Greek Anthology XII.163; Translated into Latin by Hugo Grottius

Love has discovered the joy in mixing something beautiful with beautiful,

Not an emerald mixed with gold,

(Which neither blooms nor stands as equal)

Nor can ebony mixed with ivory,

Nor the colors black and white together,

can compare to Cleander & Eubiotus, 

darling flowers of Persuasion and Friendship.



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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