2. Two Captains

Series Title
Archilochos Suite
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Plate : 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 Line
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:

Tenella Kallinike.

Hail, Lord Herakles triumphant
Tenella Kallinike.
Yourself and Iolaos, warriors both
Tenella Kallinike.

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.

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