12. Myramex

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)
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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:

Woman, don’t worry, don’t fear gossip.

Sometime tonight I shall deal with the matter,
so let me have your heart…

I know how to love who loves me
and to return hate with hate. Don’t you know who I am,
or my lineage, that you should rate me so low?
Do I seem so reduced?

No men have ever sacked this city you now hold.
Rule her, rejoice in being tyrant,
you who have won great fame at spearpoint.
When even ants get angry, Myrmex,
theirs is the triumph and the glory.
You will be envied by the many...

…Peisistratos’ son
led men to Thasos, skilled with flute and lyre,
bringing pure gold with them for Thracian dogs.
They made a common ill for their own gain…

I made a mistake—a misfortune which has, I suppose, come upon other men…

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