Epigram on the Twentieth

  • Book XI - Convivial and Satirical Epigrams

    No. 44 - Philodemus


    "To-morrow, dearest Piso, your friend, beloved by the Muses, who keeps our annual feast of the twentieth invites you to come after the ninth hour to his simple cottage. If you miss udders and draughts of Chian wine, you will see at least sincere friends and you will hear things far sweeter than the land of the Phaeacians. But if you ever cast your eyes on me, Piso, we shall celebrate the twentieth richly instead of simply."

    Translated W. R. Paton

  • That reminds me that DeWitt says the Phaecaen analogy was of considerable interest to Epicurus as an example of the best life being focused on pleasure.

  • JJElbert what a service you're providing by posting all these! I just made it through all your current threads. I was going to like and thank every one, but I thought that might be overkill. Please take this post as a virtual pan-thank-you! :) I especially appreciate your including the original texts!! :thumbup::thumbup:I may go through and pick out a few favorite lines or words. For example, line 3 has εικαδα δειπνιζων (eikada deipnizōn) is "the feast of the twentieth". The fact that it's the ενιαυσιον"annual" is a little surprising but maybe they had one big one a year where everyone was invited in addition to monthly smaller events.