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1.84: Simonides, fragment 22.9-18 W2
This fragment comes from two tattered papyri, which it first became possible to piece together and assign to Simonides in 1992. The first eight lines are very fragmentary, but seem to describe the speaker reaching a pleasant, forested island, possibly the Isle of the Blessed (an afterlife paradise).
And seeing blond Echecratidas66 with my eyes,
10 I would take his hand,
While he drips the flower of youth from his comely skin
And alluring desire from his eyelids.
And I would luxuriate, reclining with the boy among flowers,
Clearing away from my face white hair and wrinkles,
15 Plaiting a flowery crown . . .
. . . lovely, new-grown on his locks.
Steering an eloquent tongue in my mouth . . .
. . . clear, alluring . . .
This website makes available to the public the first two chapters of Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents, edited by Thomas K. Hubbard and published by University of California Press in April 2003. The index also lists the rest of the sourcebook's contents; the book may be ordered at www.ucpress.edu, list price $34.95 paperback. In addition, a file of close to 200 pertinent artistic images is assembled, including those published in the sourcebook and many others. Acknowledgement is made to University of California Press for permission to reproduce this material, as well as to the various museums that have granted permission to use their photographic images. Comments may be directed to Prof. Hubbard at tkh@mail.utexas.edu.