Nov 202010

Janko, R. “The Derveni Papyrus: an Interim Text.” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 141 (2002) 1-62.

Janko, R. “The Derveni Papyrus (Diagoras of Melos, Apopyrgizontes Logoi?): a new translation”, Classical Philology 96 (2001), 1-32.

Betegh, Gabor. The Derveni Papyrus. Cosmology, Theology and Interpretation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. xii, 441. ISBN 0-521-80108-7. $110.00.

André Laks and Glenn Most (edd.), Studies on the Derveni Papyrus, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nov 202010

Let him go ahead.
Ares is a democrat.
There are no privileged people
On a battlefield.

Whoever is alive
Is pleased by song.

And the heart
Is pleased
By one thing
After another.

Friends hurt the most.

To engage with an insatiable girl,
Ramming belly against belly,
Thigh riding against thigh.

Translated by Guy Davenport


 Poems  Tagged with: ,
Nov 202010

Of all things that are, the most ancient is God, for he is uncreated.
The most beautiful is the universe, for it is God’s.
The greatest is space, for it holds all things.
The swiftest is mind, for it speeds everywhere.
The strongest, necessity, for it masters all.
The wisest, time, for it brings everything to light.

Diogenes Laertius attributed this to Thales

Nov 202010

Blest are they whose days have not tasted of evil. For when a house hath once been shaken from heaven, there the curse fails nevermore, passing from life to life of the race; even as, when the surge is driven over the darkness of the deep by the fierce breath of Thracian sea-winds, it rolls up the black sands front the depths, and there is sullen roar from wind-vexed headlands that from the blows of the storm.

Nov 202010

In the Cult of Dionysios, after all the ecstatic dancing was concluded, the dancers finished off with an equally ecstatic frenzy of tearing apart and eating the raw flesh of a goat, small deer or other similar animal. Sparagmos is the ritual dismemberment or tearing apart of an animal, whereas omophagia is the act of eating raw flesh. This was a communion ceremony where the worshiper took in the raw nature of Dionysios. These rites were practiced up to the 5th century and well into Roman times.