Monday, 30 September 2013

Hedyle Fragment

Here's one of the few fragments of the works of the poetess HEDYLE

Hedyle the daughter of a poetess Moschine had a son who wrote poetry but little remains of their works

From her poem Scylla these lines survive describing Glaucus bearing gifts to Scylla's cave before her transformation into a monster.

from the Erythean rock,
or the children of halycon (birds) yet wingless,
to the nymph.....”

Ἐρυθραίης ἀπὸπέτρης,
ἢ τοὺς ἀλκυόνων παῖδας ἔτ̓ ἀπτερύγους,
τῇ νύμφῃ δύσπιστος ἀθύρματα. …..”

Friday, 27 September 2013

Simonides Quote

From Lyra Graeca Volume 2 trans j m edmonds 1924 ed

Simonides of Ceos bk 5 Eulogies Eucomiums Ode to Scopas

Quoted by Plato's Protagoras 339a - 347a

strophe b

οὐδέ μοι ἐμμελέως τὸ Πιττακεῖον νέμεται,
καίτοι σοφοῦ παρὰ φωτὸς εἰρημένον.
Χαλεπὸν φάτ̓ ἐσθλὸν ἔμμεναι.

(I do not  agree with pittakos tho a wise man what he said difficult thing good / noble to be / remain )

. I skipped a line
ἄνδρα δ̓ οὐκ ἔστι μὴ οὐ κακὸν ἔμμεναι,
ὃν ἀμάχανος συμφορὰ καθέλῃ.

And for a man not is nought but become evil when or what time being un able to plan for devise plan for calamity event overcome

.. they are best (who) the gods love

κἀπὶ πλεῖστον ἄριστοι τοὺς θεοὶ φιλῶσιν.

Basically its about the difficulty of being virtuous 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Greek Verse that Rhymes!


Rhyme does get used sometimes in Greek Verse.

Here's a sample from a lost comedy The Cyclops by Antiphanes a quote preserved in Deipnosophistae vii. 295 cited to show off fish names. Do try reading the Greek out aloud.

Ἔστω δ̛ ἡμῖν κεστρεὺς τμητός,
νάρκη πνικτή, πέρκη σχιστή,
τευθὶς σακτή, συνόδων ὀπτός,
γλαύκου προτομή, γόγγρου κεφαλή,
βατράχου γαστήρ, θύννου λαγόνες,
βατίδος νῶτον, κέστρας ὀσφύς,
ψητταρικίσκος,μαινίς, καρίς,
τρίγλη, φυκίς.
Τῶν τοιούτων μηδὲν ἀπέστω.

...and let there be a sliced mullet, a stewed electric ray, a split perch,
a stuffed squid, a baked smooth tooth,
the first cut of a grey fish (kind of mullet) thh head of a conger ell,
the belly of a fishing frog, the flanks of a tunny,
back of a ray, loin of a spet fish,
a mite of a sole, a sprat, a shrimp,
a red mullet and a wrasse.
Let none of such kind of things be absent.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Greek Verbs of Seeing ONE

This is the intro to a series .

αἰσθάνομαι perceive

βλέπω see Also used in Modern Greek

δέρκομαι  “Poetic”

εἶδον saw an Aorist with no present

θεάομαι gaze at admire

ὁράω see look 

σκέπτομαι view related to 


Monday, 9 September 2013

Alpha Filters Demo

Segoe print unmodified in centre filters added to outer characters.

Done in inkscape. Yes you can use those filters on non roman characters.