2. Two Captains
Series TitleArchilochos Suite
ArtistMichael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
DimensionsPlate : 11 3/4 x 10 in. (29.85 x 25.4 cm)
Sheet : 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:
Hail, Lord Herakles triumphant
Yourself and Iolaos, warriors both
I don’t like a long-legged, straddling captain,
a cockscomb curled, but part chin-shaven.
Let him be short and thickset, solid,
firm on his feet, bowlegged, full of heart.
Glaukos, a mercenary is a friend for just so long as he’s fighting.
The dispositions of men, Glaukos, son of Leptines,
are from day to day as Zeus makes them,
and their thoughts are governed by circumstance, nothing else.