Series TitleArchilochos Suite
ArtistMichael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
DimensionsPlate : 11 3/4 x 10 in. (29.85 x 25.4 cm)
: 18 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (46.36 x 38.74 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection, Gift of Jacob E. and Leona M. Nyenhuis
LabelThe poetic verses by Archilochos translated by Michael Ayrton and selected by him to accompany this image:
Now nothing can surprise us anymore; nothing be unexpected,
now that Zeus, Olympian father, bringing night at noon,
has put the shining sun out, put pale fear in men.
From that time, everything became possible, everything.
Dolphins might now exchange with animals and leap into the hills. Don’t doubt.
Beasts could desert the forest for the sea. They could prefer
as pasture ocean’s echoing waves to woods, water to fields.
Let no one marvel if that comes about, nor swear it couldn’t happen…