9. Lykambes and his Daughters

Series Title
Archilochos Suite
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Plate : 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)
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Hope College Collection, Gift of Jacob E. and Leona M. Nyenhuis
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The poetic verses by Archilochos translated by Michael Ayrton and selected by him to accompany this image:

What sort of contrivance is this, father Lykambes?

Who has got at you? What became of the wits
you once had? Among the citizens, you have become
a laugh…

You have forgotten a great oath,
salt and table…

No bloom left by now and old age coming on.
Hideous with your skin dried out in furrows…

You, an old woman, would not scent yourself
if you weren’t out of your mind…

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