Category Archives: Willett

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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Meleager of Gadara on Two Mosquito Jobs for Lovers

Meleager of Gadara Eprigrams 5.151 (G-P 33) and 5.152 (G-P 34) Translatd by Steven J. Willett Meleager (c. 140BC-70BC) was born in Gadara, which is now Umm Qays in Jordan, but raised and educated in Tyre. He later lived on … 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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Hölderlin Brod und Wein (Bread and Wine) Parts 1. and 2.

Translation of Hölderlin Brod und Wein 1. and 2. Black Figure column krater c.520BC of the 3-day (Feb. 19~21) Anthesteria Dionysus and Wine Festival. Note1: For a full discussion of the important Anthesteria Festival, I recommend Natalie Sofie Utheim, The … Continue reading

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Hölderlin Ode Lebenslauf (The Course of Life)

Translated by Steven J. Willett The Gravestone of Friedrich Hölderlin Note: This ode is in the asclepiad strophe, an extremely difficult metrical form to translate, particularly due to the highly complex syntax Hölderlin deploys. It has long been one of … Continue reading

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