Strange Arts & Visual Delights
Detail of a Late Archaic kylix (drinking cup), about 510-500 BC. Period: Archaic Greek. An octopus hiding from a fisherman. Source: https://twitter.com/archaeologyart/status/1464215491879260167/photo/1
One my harmless pastimes as a poet is to render prose translations of poems from the Greek Anthology into English verse. I worry more about creating a poem that pleases me than trying to recreate in English verse the formal properties of the original.
Julianus the Egyptian is thought to have served as Prefect of Egypt during the reign of Justinian, emperor of Byzantium, in the 6th century AD. He has seventy-one poems in the Greek Anthology. His work is considered derivative of earlier epigrammatists. The works in the anthology span the classical, Hellenistic, and Byzantine eras, more than 1200 years of literary. Settings, stock characters, themes, and images are frequently recycled by many of the epigrammatists.
The Old Fisherman
by Julianus, Prefect of Egypt (Greek Anthology, VI, 26)
Cinyras dedicates to the nymphs this net;
he can’t endure the labor of casting it.
Little fishes, now you can swim at ease:
the old man has given you back the seas.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.