Author Archives: Steven J. Willett

Propertius Elegy I.16: A Door’s Comments on Lockedout Lovers

Propertius Elegy I.16 Translated by Steven J. Willett Note: The paraklausithyron (παρακλαυσίθυρον) is a motif in Hellenistic Greek elegies and especially in Augustan love poetry. The literal meaning is “lament besides a door,” from παρακλαίω, “lament beside”, and θύρα, “door”. … Continue reading

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Saving the Byzantine Pompeii of Thessaloníki

The following article by Alexis Georgoulis from Euronews reviews the dangers to the Late Roman and Early Byzantine (4th~9th Centuries AD) remains that were discovered in construction of the Venizelos metro station at Thessaloniki’s urban center. These are highly extensive … Continue reading

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Propertius Elegy I.18: Grief in Woods from Cynthia’s Arrogance

Propertius Elegy I. 18 Translated by Steven J. Willett This is surely a deserted place and taciturn of grief, and Zephyr’s breeze retains an empty grove. Here it’s allowed to open covered pains with impunity if only desolate rocks can … Continue reading

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Meleager’s Deep Love for Heliodora in Poems and her Epitaph

Translated by Steven J. Willett A.P. 5.143, A.P. 5 148, A.P. 5.155, A.P. 5.163 and A.P. 7.476 This is the grave stele of Hegeso c. 400BC with her father’s name Proxenos on the architrave. The stele is 5’2” in height … Continue reading

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Dioscorides Elegy on an Act of Love to Engage ‘Woke’ Culture

Dioscorides Elegy A.P. 5.55 (G-P 5) Translated by Steven J. Willett Eros, Aphrodite and Two Lovers. This red figure skyphos came from the workshop of the Iliouperis Painter c 357~350 and is in the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, … Continue reading

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A Temporary Farewell with an Original Poem: Bitter Honey

Antiwar Poem Bitter Honey by Steven J. Willett Siege of Troy that depicts from the left a violent horse chariot breaking through a gate, Athena urging them to ravage the Trojans, King Priam crouching in defeat, a warrior who killed … Continue reading

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Hölderlin Brod und Wein (Bread and Wine) Part 9.

Translated by Steven J. Willett Relief of Helios from the northwest pediment of the Temple of Athena in Ilion (Troy), c. 390BC~325BC. The relief was found by Heinrich Schliemann in 1872 and is now in the Pergamon-Museum, Berlin. Note: The … Continue reading

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Hölderlin Brod und Wein (Bread and Wine) Parts 7. and 8.

Translated by Steven J. Willett Red-figure vase of a ritual sacrifice with the priest pouring wine from a kylix (κύλιξ) while one assistant holds the flaming bull thigh and another plays on the pipes. Note: The seventh strophe is addressed … Continue reading

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Hölderlin Brod und Wein (Bread and Wine) Parts 5 and 6

Translated by Steven J. Willett The Goddess Tyche (Fortune) Holding the Baby Plutus (Wealth) in a Roman copy 2nd. Century AD from a Hellenistic Original, Istanbul Archeological Museum Note: The key issue in Parts 5 and 6 is the unexpected … Continue reading

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Hölderlin Brod und Wein (Bread and Wine) Parts 3. and 4.

Translated by Steven J. Willett Poseidon, Apollo and Artemis in Parthenon Frieze Slab XIXX Note: In some pentameter periods, Hölderlin places on either side of the pause (||) words that are not naturally or equally stressed in recitation. Here are … Continue reading

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